Zoning plans and reports

A faster link is a long-standing dream

A direct railway line between Helsinki and Turku has been planned since the 1970s. Back then, the Espoo-Lohja-Salo direct railway line was called the ELSA line. However, a decision to repair the current coastal railway (Rantarata) was made. In the early 2000s, the need for a high-speed rail link was once again brought up.

Through the regional land use plans’ solutions, a new railway routing from Espoo to Salo via Lohja was decided upon. The legally valid regional land use plans of Uusimaa and Southwest Finland indicate the outlines of the area reserved for the railway routing. Various alternatives of routing were taken into account in the creation of the plans, and an environmental impact assessment and a preliminary master plan were prepared. This planning work and regional land use planning was performed between 2009 and 2016.

The One Hour Train project is advancing

The Government led by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä granted €40 million of funding for the further development of the high-speed rail link between Helsinki and Turku in 2016. In the budget talks of autumn 2018, the Government proposed that the master planning work of the One Hour Train between Helsinki and Turku should be expedited and the planning of the railway should be started.

The project consists of four units:

  1. The Espoo regional railway line
  2. The direct railway line between Espoo and Salo
  3. The railway line between Salo and Turku
  4. The Turku rail yard.

A track layout for the Espoo regional railway line has already been made, and it is waiting for the Parliament’s investment decision.

A master plan of the direct railway line between Espoo and Salo will be made in accordance with the Railways Act (Ratalaki, 110/2007).

Track layouts for the double-track railway line between Salo and Turku and for the Turku rail yard will be made in accordance with the Railways Act. This planning phase, conducted by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, ends in 2020.