FROM October 1 Norway’s medium-distance trains are to be cleaned by a new company, NSB Trafikservice AS. This is a joint venture between Norwegian State Railways and cleaning services provider ISS Norway. This is part of the ISS services group, which also has contracts with London Underground and several British train operating companies.

The deal covers half of the railway’s train cleaning requirements, and will have a yearly turnover of around NKr50m. 140 employees will be transferred from NSB to the new company, which will be owned 85% by the state railway and 15% by ISS Norway.