Traffic chaos, parking problems and littering are topics discussed in Geiranger this summer. Because the influx of tourists is not without problems.
Kenneth Logan runs a restaurant in the village and is one of the 200 or so who live there year-round. He is completely dependent on tourists, but also laments the traffic they bring with them.
When the tourist season is at its worst, the father of the family does not dare to send the children alone to the city center by bicycle. Because there buses and motorhomes fight over space. He thinks now is the time to regulate traffic.
– I think it’s strange that someone stops here in the middle of the road and drops people off. I can’t imagine being allowed in Oslo or Ålesund, says Logan.
Concerned about preparedness
This week, Løken and other businesses met with the municipality, county council and emergency services.
The purpose of the meeting was to, among other things, find better solutions to the traffic situation going forward.
The county municipality, which owns the road to Keiranger, has received several concerns this summer about buses and cars stopping at junctions.
– Our concern is that the police and emergency services are not present when needed. Because if it’s confusing, they won’t come forward either, says Corey Berge. Construction Manager in the District Roads Department.
Have a parking tunnel
Although everyone we met at Jeeranger agreed that it was too crowded, it could be done Good solutions take time.
Strict measures are needed here, but the problem needs to be tackled before the next tourist season begins in a few months.
The mayor hopes they can get the parking agency and parking regulations in place before next season. He believes they should also put in place best practices for waste management.
In the long run, the mayor believes a parking tunnel should be built for both cars and buses. At the same time, he knows that getting projects approved is difficult.
Jeeranger is one UNESCO World Heritage SiteThat means the entire area is strictly protected.
– But we have to start at a tip, Trigestad believes.
– The mayor believes that the process with the mountain hall could have been done in a few years if we had been recognized by the UNESCO system.
– Do you believe something like this can be achieved in a World Heritage Site?
– I am I think this is the only possible way to avoid being left with a giranger marked by dissatisfaction.
Welcome an outcome analysis
Kathryn Blomvik, director of Stiftinga Geirangerfjorden Vertsår, believes that many measures need to be taken to solve the traffic challenges in Geiranger.
She agrees that a parking tunnel could be one of them, and that it would have many positive effects for Zeeranger.
At the same time, he stresses that it is important to explore all alternatives. She thinks it is too early to predict what UNESCO will say.
– The only thing that is absolutely certain is that such measures must go through thorough impact assessments Before UNESCO and the administration come to a decision, he says.
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