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    There were no serious rail accidents in Finland in 2013. There were no accidents in train traffic or shunting operations resulting in deaths or serious injuries among passengers or personnel.

    Key events in 2013

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    • The introduction of radio control between traffic operating points is a major safety project. VR and the Finnish Transport Agency conducted a joint risk assessment in 2013, and radio control will be introduced in 2014. Radio control has already been used in shunting operations at rail yards for many years.

    • Basic training in traffic safety was transferred from the VR Training Centre to the Kouvola Region Vocational College on 1 January 2014. The training provided in Kouvola will remain tailored to the customer's needs and will consist of courses that are in accordance with official regulations and the customers' own training provided in the agreed upon manner. Refresher training will remain the responsibility of the VR Group.

    • The regulatory changes concerning rail services required as a part of harmonising rail traffic in the EU will be introduced in Finland in 2014–2015. Moving from the official regulations steering the operations to the guidelines laid out by the railway operators themselves is the main content of the changes. The changes will require cooperation between the VR Group and the Finnish Transport Agency in many areas.