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A delegation of Finnish railroad officials on a business visit in Russia held talks with their Russian colleagues in Vladivostok on Tuesday
During the talks the parties touched upon issues of enhancing partnership and increasing container traffic down the Trans-Siberian line, which, as is known, ends in the capital of the Maritime Territory, the PR service of the Far Eastern Railways' Vladivostok Department reported. Valery Tarabarov, head of the Vladivostok department, informed CEO of VR Ltd Tapio Simos that over the last five years cargo traffic of the Vladivostok department both to Europe and from Europe has risen almost by 400%. In 2004, 554 trains went down the Trans-Siberian line from Nakhodka-Vostrochnaya (90 kilometers to the east of Vladivostok) to Finland through the Buslovskaya-Vainikkala border section of the Oktyabrskaya route. On the average, it took 10.8 days to get to Russian-Finnish border. Six hundred and seventy-seven trains went from Finland to the Far East of Russia. The average transit time made up 11.9 days. VR Ltd's container shipping volume exceeded 125,000 TEUs in 2004. "There is a sharp rise in container traffic, and now the schedule supposes five fast goods trains a day heading for Buslovskaya station, which borders on Finland," Tarabarov was quoted as saying. Simos reported that in 2004 Finnish railways hit a record high in cargo traffic, 43 million tons, 40% of which is the share of import-export traffic through Russia. The official noted that it is currently very important for VR Ltd to continue expanding cargo traffic from Finland to the Maritime Territory's seaports. "The Finnish railroad officials are ready to do their best to improve railway services, using such an advantageous route from Europe to Asia as the Trans-Siberian line," Simos underlined. The Second International Conference of the Russian Railways public corporation, Transport Services Market: Interaction and Partnership, which took place in Moscow in December, acknowledged Finnish railways as the best partner of Russian Railways. The track gauge in Finland is the same as in Russia, which makes it possible for Finnish railways to save transit time and use Russian carriage rolling stock.
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