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Tackling the unpredictability of winter weather

11 May 2020 | By

In Finland, winter is the longest season and can last several months. The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) is responsible for maintaining and developing the country’s railway network, whatever the weather, and in an interview with Global Railway Review, FTIA’s Railway Director, Markku Nummelin, explains the new solutions currently being…


Rail transportation as part of Finnish society

23 March 2016 | By Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, Finland

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…


VR Track heads full steam towards Nordic expansion

23 March 2016 | By Jouni Kekäle – VR Track’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development

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 Global Railway Review, Jouni Kekäle – VR Track’s Vice President…


VR Track and Vossloh establish joint venture

27 May 2015 | By Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Global Railway Review

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

30 April 2015 | By Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Global Railway Review

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 concentrates on rail network development

7 April 2015 | By Kari Ruohonen, Director General of Projects at the Finnish Transport Agency

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…


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

4 March 2015 | By Prime Minister’s Office, Finland

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

27 November 2014 | By The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

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

5 August 2014 | By Kimmo Sinisalo, Project Manager for Rail Tendering at HSL

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...