Luumäki-Imatra railway project
A double-track railway is being built on the line Joutseno–Imatra, replacing the current single-track railway. The current track on the line Luumäki–Joutseno is also being improved. The project also comprises renovations to reduce the maintenance backlog on the Saimaa Canal Railway Bridge, the Mansikkakoski Railway Bridge and the underpass on the old Main Road 6. According to the target schedule, building will commence in 2018 and the project will be completed in 2023.
The railway project Luumäki–Imatra will be taking place in an area that belongs to Luumäki municipality and the cities of Lappeenranta and Imatra. The line section Luumäki–Imatra is one of the busiest single-track railways in Finland, and traffic volumes are expected to increase significantly. The link is important, not only for freight transport, but also for the passenger transport routes Helsinki–Kouvola–Imatra–Joensuu and Helsinki–Vainikkala–St Petersburg/Moscow.
The project comprises a total length of 56 kilometres, and it is scheduled to be completed in 2023.
The project is included in the planned comprehensive project Luumäki–Imatra–Russian border.
The LUIMA project aims to develop the level of service on the railway line by improving capacity, operational reliability and disruption management. The project objective is to improve the operating conditions for freight transport as well as the level of service in passenger transport. Upon completion, the project will help to maintain and develop the competitiveness of trade and industry. It will also increase the comfort of residents and others by reducing traffic-related noise and emissions.
PROJECT PROGRESS AND COSTS
The estimated total cost of the project is 189 million euro.
The construction planning of the Saimaa Canal Railway Bridge and the Mansikkakoski Railway Bridge is underway. The remaining construction planning will commence one subproject at a time as soon as the railway plan takes effect in spring 2018. The competitive tendering of contracts will begin in 2018.
The first bridge contracts will commence in summer 2018 and the building contacts in spring 2019.
Welado is the construction client of the LUIMA project.