The five-station double-track extension offers a 39-minute journey time from the 280-space park-and-ride station at Birkelandsskiftet to Byparken station in Bergen city centre.

The remainder of the third phase extension to Flesland Airport is due to open next year. The total budget for both sections of the 7km extension was NKr 3.7bn ($US 450m).

Stadler has supplied eight additional Variobahn low-floor LRVs for the extension to Birkelandsskiftet and the airport. At 42.1m in length, the seven-section vehicles are 9.9m longer than Bergen’s existing Variobahn LRVs.