Finland would like to train Moscow-Helsinki became a high-speed

© Government of Financeministry of transport and communications of Finland Anne Berner. Archive photoFinland would like to train Moscow-Helsinki became a high-speed© the Government of Finland

Existing high-speed rail links between Finland and St. Petersburg is a significant achievement of the cooperation, and the country would welcome the organization of such messages with Moscow, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the Minister of transport and communications of Finland Anne Berner.

«The train «Allegro» is an important transport link between Helsinki and St. Petersburg and is a significant achievement of the ongoing cooperation between our countries», — said the Minister.

«At the same time is a train «Leo Tolstoy», plying between Helsinki and Moscow, is of conventional rail links, and border controls at the border railway stations of the two countries. In addition, border railway stations, there is a change of locomotive, which requires Parking at the border railway station at least 25-30 minutes. This means that the implementation of border control in a moving train in the current conditions would not significantly reduce the journey time of the train «Leo Tolstoy», — said the Minister.

She noted that considering the requirements of the Schengen agreement on simplification of visa and passport control of the European Union, the only possibility for the implementation of the passport control in a moving train is the improvement of this message to transform it into high speed.

«The Ministry of transport and communications of Finland has a positive attitude to such option to the train «Leo Tolstoy» in the longer term were turned into a high-speed rail, as the train «Allegro», after which could be explored with regulatory authorities the conditions for the exercise of border control this railway,» said Berner.

In the shorter term, the movement of trains between Helsinki and Moscow can be to some extent accelerated by the adoption of technical solutions by which it is possible to increase the speed of the train in Finland up to 140 kilometers per hour, said the head of Department.

«These options are discussed at the meetings of Russian-Finnish working groups,» — said the Minister of transport and communications of Finland.

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