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VR stops Eastern freight traffic in controlled manner

Published : 07 Apr 2022, 01:30

Updated : 07 Apr 2022, 01:34

  DF Report

File Photo: VR by Juho Kuva.

National railway operator VR Group’s Board of Directors on Wednesday made a decision to discontinue the Eastern freight traffic in a controlled manner, said VR in a press release.

With this decision, VR Transpoint, which is responsible for the freight traffic, will draw up a traffic rundown plan.

The rundown of traffic will be implemented in a way that take the needs of Finland’s security of supply into account.

At the moment, the EU sanctions do not prevent rail traffic between the EU and Russia.

Therefore, the termination of freight traffic contracts concluded between VR and its domestic customers must be carried out in the manner specified in the contracts and negotiated with the customers.

VR’s aim is to run down the freight traffic as quickly as possible, but it is expected that the process will take several months.

"Since the war broke out, the company has been working on an overall assessment that takes into account different stakeholders and the security of supply. The assessment has now been completed in this regard. Preparing this decision was a long and difficult process", said Topi Simola, Acting President and CEO of VR Group.

Earlier on 30 March, VR resumed its Transpoint's eastern freight traffic, which remained suspended since 27 March.