Finrail was established in 2013 as a subsidiary of VR-Group Ltd. In 2015, Finrail started as an independent, wholly state-owned company under the ownership steering of the Prime Minister’s Office. Corporatization was implemented as part of a process aiming at ensuring competition neutrality, transparency and fairness. In July 2016, Finrail was transferred under the ownership steering of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The core of Finrail Ltd’s services includes traffic control of the railways, traffic planning to combine track work and traffic, operating centre operations as well as services related to the provision of customer information.
The Group employs approximately 420 people at 13 locations in various parts of Finland. Operations are guided by safety, responsibility, customer orientation and strong competence.
The Finnish Transport Agency purchases traffic control, passenger information and traffic planning services from Finrail Ltd. The Finnish Transport Agency also purchases the operating centre services for the electric track from Finlogic Ltd, a subsidiary of Finrail Ltd. Furthermore, Finrail provides expert and training services to all operators in the railway sector, among others.
High-quality service, competence and responsibility
The cornerstones of Finrail’s operations are a high-quality service, competence, responsibility and safety. We want to be a modern state-owned company which successfully combines profitable business with an agile corporate culture.
Traffic control since 1862
Rail traffic in Finland began in 1862. Until the 1950s and the 1960s, traffic was controlled using telegraphs, signals and lamps, and by operating switches and signals manually. After that, with the introduction of electrification and automated processes, the methods of traffic control began to see development. Among other things, telephones and radio connections went into service, which facilitated the operation of switches and signals.
In the 1970s, the dispatching of trains at individual stations began to be concentrated at traffic control centres, thereby enabling the remote control of several train dispatching areas from a single location. Concentration was largely completed by the 2010s. Furthermore, following developments in information technology, the traffic control system has been modernised on several occasions during the past few years.
In early 2015, traffic control was separated from the VR Groups and made into an independent company named Finrail.
1.7.2016 Finrail’s ownership steering transferred from the Ownership Steering Department in the Prime Minister's Office to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.