A working group of three members has been analysing the future of the Finnish transport and communications infrastructure.
A working group of three members set up by Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, has been analysing the future of the Finnish transport and communications infrastructure. The group members — Esko Aho, Lauri Lyly and Inka Mero — will report on their findings in spring 2017. Esko Aho describes the group’s ideas:
“The transport and communications sector faces huge changes, comparable to railroads and automobiles becoming accessible to people. Not only will the changes affect physical movement but also the behaviour and interaction of people.”
“New technology enables individual solutions. The ageing population, for example, will need customised services.”
“In Finland, transport still seems to be treated as a sector independent of others. That is an industrial-age approach to infrastructure.”
“We typically focus on individual traffic modes, with rail, road and air traffic all having their own purposes and development plans. However, the future looks very different. Europe still has a way to go in opening its boarders, coordinating its traffic arrangements and providing solutions that meet the needs of the digital age.”
“The public and private sectors in Finland have traditionally enjoyed good cooperation. We are also more dependent on our traffic and communications system.”
“We must carefully consider and determine the strategic choices we make. A considerable share of future transport investments will be linked to the digital world. Traffic and transports will also provide numerous opportunities for digital solutions and applications.”