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November 27, 2009

Finland to create single transport agency

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FINLAND'S railway infrastructure manager Finnish Rail Administration (RHK) is to merge with the country's road, and maritime agencies on January 1 in a move that aims both to reduce costs and achieve greater integration between the different modes.
The Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) will be divided into five departments: traffic systems, maritime, railways, roads, and common services. A director general is currently being recruited to head the new organisation. The government believes a single agency will strengthen the overall transport network, improve safety, and reduce the adverse environmental effects of transport.
The government has proposed a Euros 1.5 billion budget for FTA in its first year of operation, including Euros 299 million for railway infrastructure maintenance and renewal.
Finland will merge its transport agencies three months before neighbouring Sweden implements a similar policy, with the creation of Trafikverket on April 1.

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