High-speed rail link between Helsinki and St Petersburg

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A high-speed rail link between Helsinki and St Petersburg will come into service on 12 December 2010. The new rail link, named Allegro, will shorten the journey between Helsinki and St Petersburg at first to three and a half hours and later to three hours, down from the current five and a half hours. The train will stop in Lahti, Kouvola, and Vyborg. Allegro will carry both Finnish and Russian personnel.

The new train will travel at speeds of up to 220 km/h both at the Finnish and Russian side. The train will initially have two departures per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In 2011, Allegro will have three daily departures from both Helsinki and St Petersburg, replacing the present Sibelius and Repin trains. Later in summer 2010, the train will have four departures per day from both ends.

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