The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland, in response to the proposal of the European Commission to switch to the European standard, announced that it would not change the railway gauge.
According to the head of the department, Timo Harakka, “adjusting” the track width to the European standard is not economically feasible. He noted that the EU should accept the “special circumstances of Finland” and maintain the current gauge. Harakka stressed that this is a very important question, answering which “one should not make hasty decisions, but rather comprehensively assess the consequences.”
It is noted that in Europe the gauge is 1435 mm, but in Suomi the railway tracks are wider than European ones – 1524 mm – this is the so-called Russian gauge.
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