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Finnish VR Group expects additional investment in infrastructure

Finnish VR Group expects additional investment in infrastructure
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14 / 09 / 2021

The Finnish state railway company VR Group considers one of its main tasks to be to increase the attractiveness of public transport, and in particular railway, among the population.

VR Group attributes the increased frequency of delays in passenger trains to the unsatisfactory state of the infrastructure and the lack of proper track maintenance. The additional investment will improve operational performance and schedule accuracy. In 2020, the long-distance train timetable was fulfilled at the level of 88.6%, in suburban traffic this figure turned out to be better and amounted to 96.6%. In local traffic, due to the unsatisfactory state of the infrastructure, more than half of all train delays occurred.

Currently, there are more than 100 temporary train speed limits on the Finnish rail network, which VR Group is forced to introduce. In order to reduce at least half of them, according to VR Group, additional financing in the amount of 60 million euros is needed.

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