Buses cause chaos at popular Norway tourist spot

Four cruise ships and thousands of tourists headed to the popular Fjellstua viewpoint in Ålesund on Wednesday, resulting in police being called to help clear the resultant traffic blockage - writes thelocal.no

Thirteen buses at one point caused a jam on on the small access road to the viewpoint, which is situated at the top of the Aksla mountain.

Police were required to assist on Wednesday afternoon after being informed that no vehicles could get in or out of the area, NRK reports.

“A few too many buses came at the same time, so we didn’t managed to stop the first one and it then got crowded. I think I counted 12-13 buses at one time and that’s a lot,” Jan Honningdal, a driver with sightseeing service Bygtoget, told NRK.

Earlier this summer, 12,000 tourists were reported to have visited the Ålesund attraction in a single day - writes thelocal.no

Local traffic director Stig Arild Roald praised police and drivers for dissolving the blockage but called for measures to prevent a repeat of the traffic chaos.

“It was chaotic up here today. There were far too many buses and too many private cars. The bus trips must be spread out better so that not so many buses are sent up at the same time,” he said.

Tom Anker Skrede, head of tourism with Visit Ålesund, told NRK that he regretted the waiting times experienced by tourists on Wednesday.

“There was an error in relation to traffic direction today. To many buses came up the mountain before others left. Once that happens it is difficult to clear things up again. I don’t think this is necessarily a bg problem, but it is naturally regrettable that people had to wait,” he said.

“Part of the challenge is buses we don’t have full control of. That means buses we don’t coordinate, in addition to motorhomes and private cars,” he added.

Read also more news of Oslo on our site.

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