9.6.2020 16:39:54 //
Juha Peltonen
Sanna Liimatainen

Transport 12 action plan nearing completion

Transport 12, a new national transport system plan, is now progressing towards the first version of its action plan. Transport 12 is based on legislation that came into force in 2018.

“The aim is to create a longer-term transport policy that will span several terms of government,” says Hanna Perälä, a Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

She is one of the secretaries in the parliamentary steering group for the 2021–2032 programme, which is led by Timo Harakka (SDP), Minister of Transport and Communications. The goal is to put the transport system plan before the Government in spring 2021.

These are parallel objectives that seek to curb climate change.

The project began with analyses of the current state of the transport system and changes in its operating environment. The steering group defined the plan’s objectives during early 2020, and then approved the strategic policies for the action plan in mid-April. Transport 12 regional events were held in Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Rovaniemi and Vaasa in March.

“We’re consulting a variety of actors in the preparation of Transport 12. We’ve been engaging in extensive dialogue with companies, municipalities, provincial federations and trade organisations,” says Perälä.

The next step is to write the first version of the actual action plan. An impact assessment will be used to determine how well the programme will achieve the objectives set by the steering group, and the steering group will give its opinion on this. During the preparatory period, the action plan will be further developed on the basis of the information gleaned from the impact assessment.

Perälä says that an impact assessment has been scheduled for November, with a final round of official comments in December, when those interested in the programme can voice their opinion.

“We’ll also be engaging in plenty of discussion before the final round of comments,” he says.

The first version of Transport 12 will be based on the current public-sector fiscal plan. In addition to state budget funding, the programme will assess the need for additional external financing, such as EU funding.