Fast and intelligent train connection to Europe
Two separate demand forecasts have been prepared in the planning of the One-hour Turku Rail Link: one is based on growth data derived from Statistics Finland and the other on growth forecasts made locally. The growth forecasts made locally take into account new land use along the Espoo–Salo direct railway line concerning the stations located in Myntinmäki, Hista, Veikkola, Höytiönnummi and Lohja’s Lempola.
Based on the forecast for 2050, the construction of the Espoo–Salo direct railway line and the reduction of approximately half an hour in the travel time between Helsinki and Turku will generate approximately one million journeys more per year between Helsinki and Turku. Furthermore, long distance trains operating between Helsinki and Lohja will generate approximately 0.5 million journeys, and local trains approximately 7 million more journeys per year.
Travel time will be reduced
At the moment, passing loops are used to allow trains travelling in opposite directions to pass each other. Building a double-track railway line will increase the line’s capacity and allow trains travelling in opposite directions to run faster and smoother. One-hour Turku Rail Link would make the fastest travel time between Helsinki and Turku approximately 73 minutes for Express trains and 86 minutes for IC trains. The travel time from Helsinki to Lohja would be approximately 35 minutes on an IC train and approximately 41 minutes on a local train.
One-hour Turku Rail Link not only reduces the travel times between Helsinki and Turku, but also integrate all the localities along the route to the Helsinki metropolitan area. The project will create a common commuting area in South Finland for 1.5 million Finns. One Hour Train will make commuting between Turku and Helsinki as agile as commuting within the Helsinki metropolitan area.