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Public Private Partnerships - Articles and news items

Public Private Partnership to be used in a Finnish second track project

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

In a large-scale project of the Finnish Transport Agency, a 76.5km second track will be built between Kokkola and Ylivieska. To fund the project, a Public Private Partnership will be used for the first time in the Finnish railway network. It is also desirable to have foreign competitors for the challenging project. The total construction cost is €263 million.

The Finnish Transport Agency is carrying out a unique railway project in Finland. Between 2011 and 2014, a second track will be built between the cities of Kokkola and Ylivieska. Its total length will be 76.5 kilometres. At the same time, the existing track will be renewed.

Finnish public private partnership projects introduced

Rail industry news / 20 April 2010 /

The Finnish Transport Agency is presenting two big construction projects for the possible constructors and financiers in Brussels

Arlanda Express celebrates anniversary with new major investment

Issue 5 2009, Past issues / 26 September 2009 /

Arlanda Express, the Swedish high-speed train between Arlanda Airport and Stockholm City, reported its best financial results ever for 2008. The company is now investing in refurbishing its trains to increase capacity for seated passengers by at least 20%.

Implementing signalling & telecommunications through a PPP

Issue 5 2009, Past issues / 26 September 2009 /

The de-grouping from the value chain which underlies the proposed business model for the high-speed network (HSN) project in Portugal led to a single international public tender request in the form of a PPP (public-private partnership), under the name of ‘HSN Signalling and Telecommunication Concession (HSN S&T Concession)’. The aim of this concession is to contract, within a public works concession, the design, installation, maintenance and provision of the S&T systems for the HSN project over a period of 20 years. The model selected is thought to be the most favourable for the development of this project as it allows performance and the guarantee of compliance with deadlines to be combined with reduced risk but with quality of service and competitiveness.

Maintenance philosophy in a privatised market

Issue 3 2006, Past issues / 31 May 2006 /

Politically inspired developments in the rail infrastructure environment in the 1980s and 1990s have led to varying degrees of privatisation of construction and maintenance activities.

The Finnish-Russian joint rail project

Issue 3 2005, Past issues / 23 August 2005 /

A joint project between Finland and Russia will gradually shorten the journey time on the Helsinki-St. Petersburg line to approximately three hours. Modernising the rail connection between Helsinki and St. Petersburg is one of the most important joint development projects between Finland and the Russian Federation. In the background is both countries’ desire to develop transport connections and make the necessary investments. The project will be completed in stages. By 2008 the rapidly developing St. Petersburg region will be less than four hours by train from Helsinki. Ultimately the journey time will be reduced to three hours.