Parts invites Finland to participate in the Rail Baltica working group

  • 2012-07-11

TALLINN - Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts sent a letter to the Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications, inviting Finland to take part in the preparatory works for the Rail Baltica route, writes the National Broadcasting.

Parts asked his Finnish colleague Merja Kyllonen to name two representatives of Finland in the working group for Rail Baltica, the principal tasks of which are to make preparations for Rail Baltica.

At the most recent meeting of the Rail Baltica working group in Tallinn, it was concluded that from the point of view of the regional impact and future prospects, it would be important to include Finland in the project of this scope.

Currently, the Rail Baltica working group is comprised of representatives of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

The Rail Baltica route planned to reach 728 kilometers is designed to reach from Tallinn via Parnu, Riga and Panevezys to Kaunas. A passenger train would cover this distance in a little more than four hours and according to initial plans, trains would travel the route six days a week, once every two hours.