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Finland - Articles and news items

First Vectron broad-gauge locomotive authorised for Finland

Rail industry news / 31 May 2017 /

The first Vectron alternating-current (AC) locomotive for in Finland has been authorised by Trafi, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency.

Scandinavian Rail Development

Upcoming events, Z Homepage promo / 5 January 2017 /

22-23 May 2017, Stockholm, Sweden
European Railway Review’s 9th annual Scandinavian Rail Development conference returns to Stockholm, bringing together the region’s rail infrastructure managers and operators as well as innovators and strategists, to discuss and debate the future direction of rail…

Rail transportation as part of Finnish society

Issue 2 2016 / 23 March 2016 /

To ensure Finland’s competitiveness, rail transport chains between exports, imports and regions must be efficient, as should distribution, commuting and international connections. Railways play an important role but there are certain parts of the network that are defective. The state is being criticised for not paying sufficient attention to the needs of all enterprises that rely on rail transportation. However, one goal of the Ministry of Transport and Communications is to ensure sufficient maintenance of tracks…

VR Track heads full steam towards Nordic expansion

Issue 2 2016 / 23 March 2016 /

VR Track Oy is Finland’s biggest rail constructor, with expertise covering all aspects of railway engineering, from design to project implementation. The company employs some 1,450 expert personnel in Finland and approximately 350 people in Sweden. In an interview for European Railway Review, Jouni Kekäle – VR Track’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development – explains that it now has its eyes set on the entire Nordic region which offers good growth potential for the future…

VR Track and Vossloh establish joint venture

Rail industry news / 27 May 2015 /

VR Track, a subsidiary of Finnish state-owned railway company VR Group, has established a joint venture with Vossloh to operate three switch production locations and long welded rail production.

VR Group reports challenging start to the year

Rail industry news / 30 April 2015 /

VR Group, the state owned Finnish travel, logistics and infrastructure engineering service company, has reported a challenging start to the year in its 2015 Q1 results.

Finland welcomes Vectron locomotive for broad gauge rail system

Rail industry news / 9 April 2015 /

The Siemens Vectron locomotive for a broad gauge rail system was revealed today at a ceremony in Helsinki, Finland.

Finland concentrates on rail network development

Issue 2 2015 / 7 April 2015 /

The greatest challenge in Finland is an insufficient amount of maintenance funds which have resulted in maintenance backlogs in both railway and road infrastructure management. In a report completed in autumn 2014, the parliamentary working group under the Minister of Transport and Local Government proposed an additional annual appropriation of €150 million for maintenance of the existing transport infrastructure and its systems and an additional amount of approximately €50 million per year to strengthen the purchasing power. More emphasis is to be put on small projects and the level of the overall investment in developments will be lowered from the current approximately €600 million per year to €380 million per year for the construction of roads, railways and waterways. Kari Ruohonen, Director General of Projects at the Finnish Transport Agency provides details about the current state of network maintenance and investment projects in Finland which will ensure that the future demands of the industry are met…

Finland’s PM says Helsinki City Rail Loop is moving forward

Rail industry news / 4 March 2015 /

Finland’s Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has recently revealed that the government has decided to apply for EU support under the TEN-T transport network programme for the Helsinki City Rail Loop project – a new 7.8km-long underground railway beneath the city centre, including three new stations…

EU to support Finnish rail development plans

Rail industry news / 27 November 2014 /

The EU’s TEN-T Programme will back with almost €2.5 million studies on the railroad development between Pasila (Helsinki) and Riihimäki in southern Finland…

Getting ready for the first rail tendering project in Finland

Issue 4 2014 / 5 August 2014 /

HSL – the Helsinki Region Transport Authority – will start the opening of the Finnish passenger rail market by tendering the contract for local trains starting in 2018. Kimmo Sinisalo – Project Manager for Rail Tendering at HSL – provides more details…

Rail bottlenecks in Finland to be eliminated thanks to EU funding

Rail industry news / 9 April 2014 /

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…