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Underground station from battleground to showcase


Detailed description of the Good Practice

At the end of 1998, the Oslo public transport company Oslo Sporveier were thinking of closing the Ellingsrudåsen underground station due to incessant vandalism, fighting and drug trafficking. A poll showed that 75 % of passengers felt unsafe there. But instead of closing it, Oslo Sporveier opted for co-operation with the local comminity to change things. They spent NOK 300.000 (€ 40.000) to give the station a facelift and placed the above-ground station buildings at the disposal of the community. The City District of Furuset of which Ellingsrudåsen forms part was asked for advice, and the upshot was that the local Volunteer Centre and a café moved into the station.

awareness raising

Objectives of the Good Practice

to improve the condition of the undeground station, to involve the youth in different activities there

Participants of the Good Practice

The City District of Furuset
the local Volunteer Centre
young people

Target group of the Good Practice


Funding of the Good Practice

Oslo Sporveier and Norwgian Departments of Family Affairs and Social Welfare

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no

Available files

Contact details

Monika Ustad, Oslo Sporveier
Ellingsrudåsen Station and Volunteer Centre
Address P.O. Box 92, Ellingsrud, N-1006 Oslo
Telephone +47-22 30 52 0
Telefax elfriv@frisurf.no

Name Oslo Sporveier AS (Oslo public transport company)
Address P.O. Box 2857, Tøyen, N-0608 Oslo
Telephone +47-81 54 44 11
Telefax +47-22 08 41 12
E-mail kundesenter@sporveien.no
WEB-address http://www.sporveien.no/

Data sources and references

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April 13, 2009)