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Old November 20th, 2017, 01:54 PM   #101
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A scenic ride between Helsinki and Turku Satama on a sunny summer day in an empty 200km/h double-deck Intercity train.
Empty trains, remember? That has been happening just a couple of years ago, VR (Finnish Railways) has had a significant profitability problem as the interest in train travel had been decreasing very significantly. The latest news, however, reveal something quite opposite. This year many trains run almost full and on the most popular routes there are problems with their capacity. Recently VR got some new carriages and increased frequencies especially between Helsinki/ Tampere/ Seinäjoki/ Vaasa, but it doesn't appear to be enough. As a short-term remedy eighteen Intercity carriages retired in 2015 will be brought back to circulation. Old wagons will need to be serviced first and will be gradually re-introduced from March 2018. Their maximal speed is lower though and the timetable planners will have a hard work to deploy them wisely in order to avoid lowering speeds. Already ordered are several new double decker wagons to be delivered by 2019.

But... what has actually happened, what has brought about this rise in popularity of train travel? the answer is actually quite obvious. The competition of cheap buses has forced VR to lower tickets prices, both regular and so called saver tickets. In reward, the profitability has risen as well. To keep up the momentum, the saver ticket's prices have just fallen once again. Some price examples as of today (advance booking):
Helsinki - Tampere (187 km) 8,90€
Helsinki - Turku (193 km) 8,90€
Helsinki - Vaasa (426 km) 22,20€
Helsinki - Kuopio (409 km) 22,20€
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Old December 8th, 2017, 11:46 PM   #102
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L’ouverture à la concurrence se précise en Finlande

Le gouvernement finlandais a dévoilé, le 9 août 2017, son plan d’action pour l’application du quatrième paquet ferroviaire, qui s’effectuera par étapes jusqu’en 2026. Tout d’abord, l’actuel groupe VR va être divisé en quatre entreprises publiques couvrant les activités : exploitation, matériel, entretien des infrastructures et immobilier. Les nouveaux opérateurs pourront louer et faire entretenir leur matériel auprès des nouvelles entités du groupe VR, et recruter directement leur personnel, y compris provenant des VR.

Pour l’exploitation des relations grandes lignes, l’opérateur historique, les VR, étant couvert par un contrat jusqu’en 2024, l’ouverture à la concurrence s’effectuera par étapes à l’horizon 2024-2026. Pour le trafic régional, les autorités locales sélectionneront après appel d’offres les exploitants. Dans un premier temps sera concerné le trafic régional sur les relations Helsinki – Lahti – Kouvola – Kotka, Helsinki – Riihimäki – Tampere et Riihimäki – Lahti. Les VR exploitent également jusqu’en 2021, pour le compte de l’autorité organisatrice des transports du Grand Helsinki (HSL), le réseau de la banlieue d’Helsinki.

La suite dans Rail Passion du lundi 4 décembre 2017.



Arrivée en gare de Kerava d’une UM de Sm 4 des VR (30 juillet 2017).
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Old December 27th, 2017, 08:15 AM   #103
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