Passenger rail transport opens to competition
Passenger rail transport opens to competition in Finland. The reform aims to increase the competitiveness of railway transport and the volume and share of rail services in the future.
VR will no longer have exclusive right to the provision of rail transport services in the Finnish rail network and other operators can enter the passenger rail transport market as well.
Opening to competition will take place in stages.
The opening to competition will start with regional transport in Southern Finland
Transport services will be tendered out based on a concession contract model. The opening to competition will start with regional transport in Southern Finland. The objective is to have the tendering process completed and services up and running in the summer 2022. The intention is that transport services based on the new contracts would be in place throughout the country by June 2026.
Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Helsinki Region Transport (HRT) arranged an information event on competitive tendering of railway passenger transport services 4 October 2017.
Three new state-owned companies
To ensure access to the market, three state-owned companies will be separated from VR Group Ltd: a rolling stock company, a maintenance company and a real estate company. The role and competitiveness of VR Group Ltd as a state-owned rail company will be safeguarded as part of the restructuring.
EU works towards open market access
Under the EU's fourth railway package, Member States must ensure open market access across the EU as of 3 December 2019. In most EU Member States, national passenger rail transport has been opened to competition.
Ministry of Transport and Communications: Elina Thorström, tel. +358 295342 393, [email protected]
(Page updated 12.10.2017)
Information event on competitive tendering of the regional train services in Southern Finland 4.10.2017 klo 9.15-12 (YouTube)
Information event 4.10.2017: Ministry - Proposal for a tendering model for Southern Finland regional rail services (4.10.2017)
Information event 4.10.2017: Ministry - Current arrangements and implementation of the railway reform (4.10.2017)
Information event 4.10.2017: Minister Anne Berner - General policy overview and the railway reform (4.10.2017)
Information event 4.10.2017: Finnish Transport Safety Agency - Railway safety autohority and its functions (4.10.2017)
Information event 4.10.2017: Finnish Transport Agency - Railway network and its management (4.10.2017)
Information event 4.10.2017: Ministry - Overview of the ministry and its administrative branch (4.10.2017)
Press release 3.10.2017: Rail transport reform benefits citizens and the whole society
Press release 9.8.2017: Passenger rail transport opens to competition
Presentation 9.8.2017: Opening passenger rail transport to competition (SlideShare)
Factsheet 73/2017: Opening passenger rail transport to competition
Factsheet 74/2017: Opening passenger rail transport to competition in other countries
Factsheet 77/2017: Organising passenger rail transport
Helsinki Region Commuter Trains Tendering Project (HSL)