Government endorses establishment of project company for eastern rail link

Press release 28.10.2021 13.28 fi sv en

A train on the bridge

Preparations for a project company for the eastern rail link progress.

On 28 October 2021, the Government decided to authorise the Ministry of Transport and Communications to establish a new limited liability company partly owned by the state for the eastern rail link. The Ministry of Transport and Communications may sign the documents relating to the establishment and to subscribe, on behalf of the state, the shares of the limited liability company to be established.

The state of Finland is committed to capitalising the company under the terms and conditions of the shareholder agreement.

The company would be tasked with planning and financing the Lentorata–Porvoo–Kouvola railway line project until the line is ready for construction.

On 28 September 2021, the Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy was in favour of establishing the project company for the eastern rail link.

On 28 October 2021, the Government authorised the Ministry of Transport and Communications to approve, on behalf of the State, that Nordic Railways Ltd (Pohjolan Rautatiet Oy) be placed in liquidation. The company was founded in February 2019 to comprehensively develop the rail transport services. It does not have any business operations.

What’s next?

The project company for the eastern rail link will be established after the appeal period for municipal decisions has expired.

A prerequisite for the establishment is that the financial commitment of the state of Finland represents, at the start-up stage, a maximum of 51% of the total amount of the financial commitments.

Any appeal processes may have an impact on the timetable for the establishment of the company, and that is why the exact date of establishment cannot be indicated.

Inquiries:

Miikka Rainiala, Director of Unit, tel. +358 50 571 7751

Emmi Nykänen, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 50 311 2394