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Old March 11th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #161
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Does anyone here have a hunch on the second part (Matinkylä-Kivenlahti) of the western metro extension? Is it gonna happen? When could it be ready?
Works on Phase 2 of Lansimetro are underway and will be ready by 2020 or later
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Old March 14th, 2016, 04:36 PM   #162
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Really? I didn´t know that it is even sure that the second phase will be built.
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Old March 25th, 2016, 12:14 PM   #163
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They started digging last year, guesstimate completion in 2020.
Kivenlahti, the end of the line.
240915 380 by Länsimetro, on Flickr

Phase 1 will start august 15th 2016. Test drives are underway, stations beginning to look like stations.
Keilaniemi
_MG_6605 by Länsimetro, on Flickr

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Matinkylän asema 16.2.2016 by Länsimetro, on Flickr

This tuesday, Helsinki city planning committee approved Jokeri, a light rail connection between Itäkeskus and Keilaniemi. The project suprisingly got some goverment funding, so it will be speeded up. They want to start next year.
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Old June 4th, 2016, 06:19 PM   #164
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Old June 5th, 2016, 11:47 PM   #165
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Helsinki Variobahn Bogie Wheel Cam
This camera must be part of Bombardier's maintenance procedure for the Variobahns which were unsatisfactory for Helsinki's system.

http://america.pink/variobahn_4641049.html
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Old June 8th, 2016, 08:15 AM   #166
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Lansimetro project is closer to completion - Koivusaari station, 7th June:


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Old June 8th, 2016, 05:46 PM   #167
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From Railway Gazette:

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Helsinki – Espoo light rail approved
08 Jun 2016



FINLAND: Helsinki and Espoo city councils have voted to approve the Raide-Jokeri orbital light rail route, with final approval expected at the end of June.

Work is due to start next year on the 25 km route linking Itäkeskus in eastern Helsinki to Keilaniemi in eastern Espoo, which would replace the bus route 550. The alignment would be mostly segregated from other traffic, with 16 km in Helsinki and 9 km in Espoo. The end-to-end journey time would be around 1 h, covering 33 stops. Upon completion in 2021, initial ridership is expected to be nearly 90 000 passengers per weekday, against the current figure of 30 000 for the bus route

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Old June 13th, 2016, 05:14 PM   #168
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More on Lansimetro - Tapiola station:


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Lauttasaari station:


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Niittykumpu station:


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Old June 19th, 2016, 08:20 PM   #169
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Lansimetro opening has been postponed:
http://www.hel.fi/www/uutiset/fi/hkl...inen-viivastyy
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Old July 7th, 2016, 06:04 AM   #171
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until when?
Until January, at least:
http://yle.fi/uutiset/western_metro_...y_2017/8995507
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I've just returned from a trip to Helsinki and spotted these outside Stockmann department store - where some tram track works were being carried out. They appear to be spring-loaded.

Does anybody know what they are and why they are being used?









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Old August 2nd, 2016, 10:39 AM   #173
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Metro back on track after collision

Metro services ground to a halt yesterday in Helsinki after a bizarre accident during a training run. It's the latest in a run of mishaps for the capitals subterranean light railway[...]
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From Global Rail News:

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Loan deal signed for phase two of Helsinki West Metro
30 AUG, 2016



The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed off €100 million to finance phase two of the West Metro project in Helsinki.

Altogether, a loan facility of €450 million has been approved for the second phase of the project. Additional payments will be made throughout 2017.

The West Metro extension to Espoo will open in two phases. The first is a 14-kilometre section between Ruoholahti and Matinkylä, which received a €450 million loan from the EIB in 2011. This will be followed by a seven-kilometre route between Matinkylä and Kivenlahti

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Old September 9th, 2016, 05:25 PM   #175
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City Council approved Crown Bridges

The Helsinki City Council has approved the project plan for
Kruunusillat – Crown Bridges. The project plan comprises the
construction of a tram connection between the Helsinki city
centre and Laajasalo and three new bridges. The City Board
voted for the proposal 13–2.

The total estimated cost of the project is approximately 260
million euros. The most visible part of the project would be the
three bridges, the longest of them – the 1.2-kilometre
Kruunuvuorensilta – would be the longest bridge in Finland. In
addition to trams, the bridges would serve cyclists, pedestrians
and emergency vehicles.

The tram connection, approximately 10 kilometres long, would
run from the city centre to Yliskylä via Hakaniemi, Nihti, the
Korkeasaari island (Helsinki Zoo) and Kruunuvuori.

The tram connection would serve the needs of the extensive
new housing under construction and to be built in
Kruunuvuorenranta and Laajasalo. The number of daily
passengers to Kruunuvuorenranta is estimated at 37,000. The
number of cyclists and pedestrians is estimated at 3,000.

One of the requirements for project implementation is the
closure of the Hanasaari power plant in 2024, which has been
approved by the City Council. The plant closure entails the
termination of fuel shipments to Hanasaari, enabling the
construction of the bridge connection.

According to the project plan, construction could commence in
2018 and traffic over the entire connection in 2026.

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I've just returned from a trip to Helsinki and spotted these outside Stockmann department store - where some tram track works were being carried out. They appear to be spring-loaded.

Does anybody know what they are and why they are being used?

I know it's been a few months since the question was asked, but with no answer given...

They are a traffic control device, used to prevent vehicles from driving into areas by threat of minor damage. Oslo uses a similar device, that rotates horizontally, and they are used whenever the surface in an area is unpassable by road-vehicle, while the tram can still use the rails. Temporary tram crossovers are one example, roadworks between the rails another.
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Helsinki approves Laajasalo light rail plan

HELSINKI City Council has approved the project plan for the Crown Bridges project to link the city centre with the island of Laajasalo, which includes the construction of a 10km light rail line[...]
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HELSINKI City Council has approved the project plan for the Crown Bridges project to link the city centre with the island of Laajasalo, which includes the construction of a 10km light rail line[...]
This is a huge mistake. The city was initially planning a full metro service to the island but came up with a tram option. The trams in Helsinki are in general very slow (even the tracks built on recent years) and prone to weather but metro/heavy rail operations are most of the time very smooth. Distances are also quite big compared to denser cities. In addition during the long winter it's much more convenient to wait a metro train on a tunnel station than a tram in a platform.

Apparently it was the cracks in the rock below the seabed that prevented easy metro-tunnel construction..
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Old October 5th, 2016, 08:24 PM   #179
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The city, according to the news bulletin is not planning a tram line but a light rail line. There is no objective reason why it should not be possible to build this as true light rail, that means, fast on the bridge and new tracks and slow an the shorter central part.

I doubt population density could justify a full metro and such a full metro would only offer a few minutes cut in travel time to Laajasalo while the connectivity in the centre would be worse.
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The city, according to the news bulletin is not planning a tram line but a light rail line. There is no objective reason why it should not be possible to build this as true light rail, that means, fast on the bridge and new tracks and slow an the shorter central part.

I doubt population density could justify a full metro and such a full metro would only offer a few minutes cut in travel time to Laajasalo while the connectivity in the centre would be worse.
You are right, perhaps the currently planned population density at kruunuvuorenranta would not justify a full metro. However, the city is in huge need of houses and the plans in the future will bring in more people to the area e.g. with the planned laajasalo boulevard and vartiosaari (7000 inhabitants) developments.

The tram/light rail will be fast over the bridge, yes. But the way from central station to kalasatama mall (if that is going to be the route) is inner city. The distance can be compared to distance from central station to meilahti hospital campus which in itself can take almost half an hour by tram during rush hour. This journey will not be much faster even with the fastest tram because it will go along the traffic and pedestrians. It could be faster with a tunnel light rail - which is almost a metro itself and is not planned as far as I know.
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