Infrastructure Investments for Finland in 2019


The Finnish government has announced €111 million investments to open logistics bottlenecks. €40 million will be invested to road and railway repair and maintenance, and €71 million will be used for new projects during 2019. The government is also proposing €40 million raise to annual transport route maintenance budget.

The railway projects include:
- new safety equipment for Tampere – Seinäjoki railway
- renewing safety equipment on Kokkola – Pietarsaari (Pännäinen) railway
- renewing top structure of railway, repair of bridges and tunnels, improve Jorvas traffic point on Helsinki – Turku railway
- renew safety equipment, change tracks and repair railyard in Oulu
- install frost plates and improve structure of Helsinki – St. Petersburg railway
- small improvements to the Saarijärvi – Haapajärvi railway

€200 million construction of a double track and renewing of Karjala railway has already started during summer 2019. The project includes new underpasses and bridges, as well as basic improvements to the existing track. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.

The road projects include:
- E18 Turku ring road expansion and improvement
- Hämeenkyrö bypass project
- construction of a bypass pair and traffic improvements to Eurajoki and Luvia, as well to south of Laitila

Offshore projects include:
- additional budget for safety equipment installation to Oulu seaway for 2019 and 2020

In addition, the government has made a mandate of €349 million for projects in the coming years. The upcoming projects would include:
- renewing of safety equipment and repairs of bridges and culverts on Kouvola and Hamina – Kotka railway
- expansion of Kotolahti railyard
- electrification of Ylivieska – Iisalmi and Siilinjärvi – Ruokosuo railways and changes to safety equipment, third rail to Ylivieska – Iisalmi railway
- traffic management system and safety equipment upgrade, as well as track model and track technical structure will be renewed at Joensuu railyard

(Source: Tekniikka & Talous, 22.5.2019 & 24.6.2019)

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