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Rail bottlenecks in Finland to be eliminated thanks to EU funding

9 April 2014  •  Author: TEN-T EA

The European Union will support with €12.8 million from the TEN-T Programme a project addressing one of the worst bottlenecks on the Finnish rail network.

The project, selected under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Programme, will improve the railway line between the Finnish cities of Ylivieska and Oulu and includes construction of a new double track line between Ruha and Lapua. It is part of the broader Seinäjoki–Oulu project that aims to improve the main railway connection between the southern and northern parts of the country.

The project consists of upgrading tracks, bridges, rail yards and the elimination of level crossings. Upon completion, the benefits will include greater capacity, reduced journey times, an increased level of service and improved competitiveness of the railway sector overall.

The initiative will be monitored by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and is set to be completed by the end of December 2015.


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