On 6 September 2013, Sito signed an agreement with the Finnish Transport Agency concerning the drawing up of a railway plan for the railway line between Pasila and Riihimäki. The purpose of the railway plan is to specify improvement measures at various stations and on the section of line between Kyrölä and Purola to enhance traffic capacity between Pasila and Riihimäki.
The overall aim of the plan is to increase capacity, to lower susceptibility to disruptions and to improve punctuality. This project is one of the projects described in the Government’s transport policy report. The working group for the project comprises experts from Sito Oy and VR Track Oy. The project manager is Seppo Veijovuori from Sito.
“The principal goals of the railway plan will be to lay the groundwork for beginning the actual construction planning and to ensure that the scheme is feasible, and of course to minimise disruption to traffic through phased planning of the work,” says Seppo Veijovuori.
The implementation stage railway plan to be drawn up at this point includes:
- track and platform alterations at Tikkurila
- additional line for goods traffic at Kerava
- additional line between Kyrölä and Purola, including platform and station reorganisation at Järvenpää, Saunakallio and Purola
- new point connection at Hyvinkää
- track and point reorganisation in the Riihimäki passenger yard and platform alteration
“The major challenges in the planning are how to fit an additional line into a built-up environment, especially at Järvenpää station, and the stagewise planning of the work so that it will disrupt traffic as little as possible,” says Veijovuori.
The railway plan will be drawn up in close collaboration with the Finnish Transport Agency, the relevant local authorities, the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment and other interest groups; it will be completed by the end of April 2014.
For further information, please visit the Finnish Transport Agency website