Additional funding allocated for basic transport infrastructure management

Prime Minister Sipilä's Government has decided to transfer 364 million euro from as of yet unnamed transport infrastructure development projects to be used for basic transport infrastructure management and government grants to be applied to private roads from 2017 to 2019. The purpose of the allocations is to improve public roads, railways and private roads, as well as to support transport projects in urban regions. When drafting the programme, emphasis was put on promoting the growth of urban regions, meeting the needs of business life and commuting, as well as on traffic safety.

Of the additional funding, 163 million euro will be allocated to public roads and 101 million euro to railways.

  • Typical actions to be taken on public roads will include different regulations at junctions and on traffic lanes, road improvements, as well as the building of overtaking lanes and truck parking.
  • A significant sum will be allocated to the railways to enable an increased axle load of freight trains on the line sections Tampere–Seinäjoki and Tuomioja–Raahe, as well as for repairing the Coastal Rail Line. On several line sections and in railway yards, technically obsolete safety devices and electrical equipment in poor condition will be replaced. Tracks and turnouts will be replaced in many railway yards. These actions will be taken in order to ensure a smooth flow of railway traffic and train punctuality. Traffic safety will be improved by eliminating level crossings.

Of the additional funds, 10 million euro per year, i.e. a total of 30 million euro from 2017 to 2019, will be allocated to private roads in the form of government grants.

A total of 70 million euro will also be allocated to the urban regions of Helsinki, Turku, Tampere and Oulu in accordance with the objectives mentioned in the agreements concerning land use, housing and transport. The most important projects will be the building of the Klaukkala bypass in Nurmijärvi and the improvement of the Turku Ring Road (E18) in the Turku region.

This decision on additional funding complements the action plan to reduce the maintenance backlog of transport infrastructure 2016-2018 (600 million euro), which was published in February at www.liikennevirasto.fi/web/en/transport-system/maintenance-backlog

Ministry of Transport and Communications, Press release: Focus on customer needs in reducing the maintenance backlog in the transport network

Additional funding allocations on the map

FAQ on additional funding for basic transport infrastructure management from 2017–2019

How will the additional funding be allocated?

The cost of single projects ranges between 4 and 20 million euro. There are 40 projects, 27 on public roads and 11 on railways, as well as two large undertakings concerning land use, housing and transport.

Some of the projects promote the land use development of municipalities, and in these projects, the municipalities will finance a large portion of the projects.

Typical actions to be taken on public roads include different regulations at junctions and on traffic lanes, road repair and improvement, as well as the building of overtaking lanes and truck parking.

A significant sum will be allocated to the railways to enable an increased axle load of freight trains on the line sections Tampere–Seinäjoki and Tuomioja–Raahe, as well as for repairing the Coastal Rail Line. On several line sections and in railway yards, technically obsolete safety devices and electrical equipment in poor condition will be replaced. Tracks and turnouts will be replaced in many railway yards. These actions will be taken in order to ensure a smooth flow of railway traffic and train punctuality. Traffic safety will be improved by eliminating level crossings.

How have the projects been selected?

The selection is based on material provided by the Finnish Transport Agency and the regional Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, as well as on collected information regarding customer demands. The demand for repairs and improvement of transport infrastructure exceeded the now available funding by far.

The selection criteria have been that the actions shall promote growth of urban regions, support the preconditions for trade and commuter transport, and improve traffic safety. The aim is to effectively meet customer demands all over the country.

The Finnish Transport Agency has compiled the Action plan. The ELY Centres have provided the expert work concerning the roads, and the Finnish Transport Agency that of the railways. The selection of projects has been based on extensive customer interaction.

The programme does not include any waterway projects, as these were already granted significant funding amounting to 12 million euro in the Action plan for reducing the maintenance backlog for 2016-2018.

What are the impacts of the additional funds?

The purpose of the additional funding for basic transport infrastructure management is to meet customer needs by attending to several locations around the country, in order to achieve effectiveness in a more widespread area and meet more current needs. The achieved effect largely corresponds to the available funding.

Actions will be taken to promote the efficiency and reliability of freight transports, as well as smooth commuting and traffic safety. Moreover, the actions selected based on these customer needs often reduce the maintenance backlog of transport infrastructure.

Effects achieved with the additional funding from the customers' perspective:

- shorter travel and transport times
- lower operating, time and accident costs; as well as lower transport costs
- improved traffic safety
- improved traffic punctuality and travel time predictability 
- transport networks kept in usable condition