FINLAND - THE FINNISH STATE RAILWAY COMPANY INTENDS TO RENOVATE THE LOCAL RAIL TRANSPORT SYSTEM BY 2024.
The Finnish Railway Company (VR- Valtion Rautatiet) announced its intention to renovate the local transport system in the southern region of Finland. The estimated value of the contract is expected to be around 250 million euros.
The new rolling stock is planned to replace the Sm2 trains currently used to transport the commuters in southern Finland on rail. At the moment, VR uses 34 Sm2 trains on the connections: Helsinki-Kouvola, Helsinki-Tampere, Helsinki-Riihimaki, Riihimaki-Lahti, Lahti-Kouvola and Kouvola-Kotka.
According to VR, the old rolling stock is obsolete and lacks the prerequisites of modern passenger railway systems. The new trains, according to VR, should be faster than the present ones, and capable of making increasingly longer runs. The maximum speed of the trains currently in service is of 120 km/h; with the new trains, it would instead reach 200 km/h. The cars too could be different: the cars envisioned are double-decker and the upper deck could be reserved for travellers intending to work during the train ride. The VR Goup announced that it still has not chosen the supplier. They have in fact set out an Open Access procedure thanks to which every rolling stock producer will be able to present its products. The procurement procedure is expected to be launched by the end of the year.