The dial tone, Opinions | Electricity subsidy for cottage owners?

The dial tone, Opinions | Electricity subsidy for cottage owners?
The dial tone, Opinions | Electricity subsidy for cottage owners?

Opinions This is a debate post. The post expresses the writer’s views.

Power support

– Some have said that there should be electricity support for cabin owners or that only the elite can afford to own cabins. I can agree to that if at the same time a separate travel grant is introduced for low-paid workers so that we can go on a few luxury holidays a year. Why should only the rich elite be able to afford to stay in five-star hotels? Right must be right.

Trond Wathne Tveiten

The beach line

– We miss seats by the sea. Somewhat more peaceful than the beach at BI, where there is too much through traffic, both by people and boats.

Students in Bergen


– There are too many bosses in the city, and the rubbish bins are far too often full! It would be unnecessary.


The dock

– The railway must return to Dokken. If we are to be able to carry out the green shift then we need ports, otherwise we have to pick up food by truck from Åndalsnes or Malmö and cross several poorly maintained bridges. Without a safe haven, we are very vulnerable and preparedness is equal to zero.

Maybe we have to start with sailing ships again, then we need the Dock – or the Sotra Bridge collapses due to poor maintenance, or Putin has a bad day at work. Think preparedness!



– Read in BT on 15 September that we cannot afford to maintain 790 bridges. – Yes, then we can’t afford to build a light rail to Åsane either!


The light rail

– Answer to Helge who does not think the Bybanen will destroy the view of the boats: Of course it will block more of the view of the boats. It is much longer than the buses and it should run more often. In addition, the quayside will be higher.

BA reader

Electricity prices

– The point is that those in the north cannot afford to go through the winter with the electricity prices here in the south. For them, they will get, if the transmission network from north to south works. Then they will freeze – and regardless of whether Nordic nights sound romantic in the world of music, with northern lights and dark hours, the point is that they must have cheap electricity to survive 8 (?) months of winter.

Perhaps it sounds selfish that the Northerners “don’t want to share” – but sharing the same misery cannot be an end in itself.

You see what sharing (with the rest of Europe) costs us down south!

It is cold in Norway – much colder than on the continent. Fortunately, nature has blessed us with rainfall. Now let this benefit the people – and the workplaces.

Jobs are expensive in Norway. Don’t remove the only competitive advantage: relatively cheap electricity. The politicians who are in favor of it are failing the nation – no matter how EU-friendly and international they are!

Britt-Iren Husa

Insufficient bus service

– There have been many apartment blocks along Damsgårdsundet, but the bus service is not included! Set up buses between Laksevåg and the light rail stop at Danmarks plass!

Greetings three students

Answers: Hello. Here we have good news! Line 20, which also serves this area today, will have 37 more departures from 21 November. This means that the route will have a 15-minute frequency during the day and a 30-minute frequency throughout the evening.

With best regards

Øyvind Strømmen, press contact, Skyss

Brag to the nurses

– I am now in the hospital on the fifth day. Can’t praise the nurses here at the heart ward post 2 enough, they are so helpful and are always in a good mood and smiling. They light up an otherwise heavy everyday life. Thank you very much for all your help so far, you deserve all the praise.

Bjarne Aasheim, patient cardiac department

Traffic figures

– Friday 16.09. planning manager Wanvik says the following:

“The only district in Bergen that has an actual reduction in passenger car transport is Fana and Ytrebygda – which have light rail. All other districts have a disproportionately high growth in car traffic.”

It is unclear what figures Wanvik is based on. Relevant figures are of course the traffic south and north to/from the city centre. In traffic data from the Norwegian Road Administration through the Eidsvåg tunnel, we see an increase in annual daily traffic (ÅDT) of 6% from 2010 to 2015. From 2015 to 2019 (the last year before the pandemic) the increase is 1%.

In order to include 2022, we are starting from monthly traffic (MDT) in the month of August. From 2010 to 2015, the increase is 5%. From 2015 to 2019, the increase is 2%. From 2019 to 2022 a reduction of 2%.

Above Danmarks plass (the Bybanen runs there as you know), ÅDT (in the month of August) increased by 2% from 2016 to 2019, while MDT decreased by 6% from 2017 to 2022.

The figures show that there is no basis for the claims made by the planning manager. It is a paradox that the traffic over Danmarks plass has had a more or less similar development (and flattening) to the traffic through the Eidsvågtunnel, which documents that the Bybanen only has a marginal impact on passenger car traffic to/from the city centre, if any impact at all.

Ståle Eeg Nielsen

Answers: It is quite possible that Ståle Eeg Nielsen’s figures support his reasoning, but my input was primarily aimed at internal traffic in the districts. Denmark’s place is not in Fana and Ytrebygda, which I drew attention to in my previous answer.

In the first ten years that Bybanen was in operation, all districts increased their internal traffic by car, with the exception of Fana and Ytrebygda, which had a real decline. This was the backdrop for the introduction of the outer toll ring. Since the introduction of the outer toll ring, passenger car traffic has decreased somewhat internally in the districts, but not as much as planned, and not nearly so much that the decline covers the local increase in the districts over the past 10 years. In addition, there is now a lot of uncertainty about traffic developments in the wake of the pandemic, but there is little doubt that the population’s transport behavior is changing. There are more cars on the roads, and we have a formidable job ahead of us to jointly build a more sustainable city for the people of Bergen.

An important prerequisite in planning if you want to change transport behavior is that you can offer good alternatives. The combination of light rail and good bus services is absolutely essential to give the population in the districts realistic alternatives to private cars.

Sincerely, Tarje I. Wanvik, agency director, planning and building agency, Bergen municipality

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