The resumption of passenger rail links between Finland and Russia has been postponed due to a new strain of the omicron coronavirus, Finnish media reported on Thursday, citing spokesman for the Finnish Foreign Ministry, Nina Vaskunlahti.
Earlier it was expected that the passenger rail service between St. Petersburg and Helsinki will be launched on December 12.
“We don’t have a specific date. The date was set, but the omicron strain changed the situation, ”said Vaskunlahti.
According to her, negotiations on the resumption of railway communication continue.
The Finnish railway company VR also reported that “there is no decision on the date of the launch of passenger traffic.”
Prior to the closure of rail links due to the pandemic, Allegro high-speed trains ran between St. Petersburg and Helsinki. Travel time was about three and a half hours. A train “Lev Tolstoy” from Moscow to Helsinki also ran in the direction of Finland. Travel time is a little over 14 hours.