The Transport and Communications Ministry applied for 37.5 million euros in EU funding for rail connection development between Helsinki and Turku. The overall cost of planning that line is estimated at 75 million euros. In all, Finland is asking for some 66 million euros for different rail projects. Government also wants to improve connections between Espoo, Salo and Turku with a direct line between Espoo and Salo and expanded capacity between Salo and Turku. New inter-city infrastructure between Helsinki and Turku could allow better services to other towns such as Kirkkonummi, Lohja and Vihti. The money is set to come from the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility programme. It is part of the Trans-European Transport Network policy (Ten-T).
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