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