Topic: Finland

Finnish Railways unifies ticket sales

Finnish national railway operator VR Group has dramatically altered its ticket sales. The company’s distribution system has been unified for both long-distance and commuter trains. To this end, VR Group developed new digital services. (more…)Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Extensive programme for level crossings in Finland

Finland is implementing a four-year programme dedicated to safety enhancements at the level crossings. The local infrastrustructure agency Väylävirasto is installing the necessary equipment including barriers and warning signals at 129 sites. In addition, the...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Night trains halted in Finland

Finnish railway operator VR Group has suspended all the night trains in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision will be in effect until at least 24 May. In addition, the railway company...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Eurostar, Thalys and TGV trains at Brussel-Zuid station, source: Maarten Otto via Flickr

Coronavirus impact on railways: 18 March

RailTech continues to cover the influence of coronavirus on the European rail sector. Below you can find some highlights of Wednesday, 18 March. The updates from Tuesday, 17 March, are available here. (more…)Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Coronavirus impact on railways: 17 March

RailTech starts an everyday overview dedicated to the impact of coronavirus on the rail sector in Europe. We will inform about major developments in this area. On Monday, 16 March, the President of the European Commission...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Alstom Siemens trains, source: Siemens

European operators suspend international trains

The further spread of coronavirus in Europe force the governments to take more measures including the closure of borders. This directly impacts on the railway operators that are suspending their international trains. It is a...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Finnish Railways collects data on turnouts

VR FleetCare and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency have started a new pilot project. It is devoted to the closer examination of 80 railway turnouts. The obtained data will help both participants to better understand...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Lastochka train of Russian Railways, source: Russian Railways (RZD)

Russia tests new cross-border link to Finland

Russian Railways has tested the new cross-border route to neighbouring Finland. It connects Saint Petersburg and Imatra, a Finnish city close to the border with Russia. The test journey was performed by the Lastochka train,...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
VR FleetCare, source: Atte Mäläskä/VR Group

Finnish Railways rebrands maintenance division

Finnish state-owned railway company VR Group is moving further in its transformation. The operator has rebranded VR Maintenance Oy, its subsidiary responsible for the rolling stock maintenance, and changed its name for VR FleetCare. This...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko