Swedish company AFRY chosen for one-hour train project in Finland


With the start of work this month, the design phase of the track is expected to be completed in 2023. Credit: Thomas B. from Pixabay.

The Swedish company AFRY was selected to develop the track design for the segment between Suomusjärvi and Salo of the high-speed rail link named One Hour Train project in Finland.

With the start of work this month, the design phase of the track is expected to be completed in 2023.

Other engineering partners selected for the project include Sweco Infra and Rail Oy (Espoo-Vihti), Ramboll Finland Oy (Vihti-Lohja) and Sitowise Oy (Lohja-Suomusjärvi).

The AFRY section stretches for 30 km and is located in a “varied landscape where the design capabilities of bridges and tunnels play a central role”.

This segment will include six tunnels and 28 bridges. The longest bridge will be 1.5 km long, while the total length of the tunnels will be 6.5 km.

AFRY Road and Rail Engineering Market Manager Kari Fagerholm said: “When completed, the hour-long train between Helsinki and Turku will significantly improve the Finnish rail system. Traffic solutions are at the heart of AFRY’s strategy as we accelerate the transition to a sustainable society.

“It is important for us to design increasingly sustainable and functional road links that improve people’s daily lives as well as business opportunities.

This would be the first railway project executed under a project partnership model in the country.

The hour-long train from Turku is now responsible for planning the high-speed rail link between Turku and Helsinki in place of the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency.

The other entities involved in the project partnership are the cities of Turku, Espoo, Helsinki and Lohja, as well as the city of Salo and the municipalities of Vihti and Kirkkonummi.

The project has secured funding from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the planning phase.

In April 2020, AFRY announced that it would help the Swedish Transport Administration modernize the railway between Hässleholm and Älmhult.


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