Talks will begin in September to discuss the feasibility of a rail freight link from Helsinki to Berlin. The talks are connected to the ‘Rail Baltica’ project.
The project is designed to shift major freight transport in Finland and the Baltic-rim states from road to rail,by building a continuous 950 mile rail freight link for goods travelling between Helsinki and Berlin. There would also be links to major rail freight hubs in Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw.
The Finnish Prime Minister said that the project is important for Finland in getting their goods to market in Germany and Central Europe. The connection to the well established freight-hubs in Germany will improve rail cargo shipments to southern European markets as well.