The eastern rail will bring fast and reliable connections all across Eastern Finland. Development depends on these connections. Improving transport connections is vitally important to eastern Finland in terms of attracting businesses, daily travel and corporate investments.
A fast rail connection will also lend more flexibility when choosing living and working locations, improving the performance of the labour market. The improvement of rail connections is also an essential precondition for industrial investments, universities and other educational institutions and research institutes in eastern Finland.
A three-hour journey. The eastern rail connection will reduce travel times on rail all over eastern Finland. The goal is a three-hour train service from Kuopio, Joensuu and St. Petersburg to Helsinki. This is made possible by a high-speed fleet with a travel speed of roughly 300 km/h.
The eastern rail connection influences an area that contains 16 cities and 7 provinces, with roughly 930,000 residents, or about one in every six Finns. When including the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, the area of influence is home to about 2.1 million residents, or more than a third of all Finns.