Major rail transport projects
Our unique expertise is required for several major rail transport projects in the region, such as the Jokeri Light Rail, the Crown Bridges and the tramline from Kalasatama to Pasila.
A functional city runs on tracks. This is why rail transport will have increased significance in Helsinki public transport as measures are taken following the city’s growth and climate change prevention.
Rail transport in the Metropolitan Area is currently growing at a historical scope. Our unique expertise is required for several major rail transport projects in the region, such as the Jokeri Light Rail, the Crown Bridges and the tramline from Kalasatama to Pasila.
Jokeri Light Rail
The Jokeri Light Rail line will be built between Itäkeskus in Helsinki and Keilaniemi in Espoo. It will replace bus line 550, which is the busiest bus line in the Helsinki region.
Operation begins: in January 2024
- 25 kilometres of tracks.
- 34 pairs of stops.
- Average speed 25 km/h.
From Kalasatama to Pasila
The Kalasatama tramway is a part of the neighbourhood construction entity in Kalasatama. The tramway will cover 4.5 kilometres along the route Nihti–Kalasatama Centre–Vallilanlaakso–Pasila. The tramway will become a part of the tram trunk network in Helsinki.
Operation begins: in 2024
- 4.5 kilometres of tracks.
- 8 pairs of stops.
- Average speed 20 km/h.
The Crown Bridges project will connect Laajasalo, Korkeasaari and Kalasatama to the city centre with a light rail connection of 10 kilometres. The most visible parts of the project are the three new bridges: Kruunuvuorensilta, Finkensilta and Merihaansilta. Kruunuvuorensilta will be the longest bridge in Finland, approximately 1,200 metres long. The project is managed by the Urban Environment Division of the City of Helsinki, while Helsinki City Transport is in charge of constructing the light rail line.
Operation begins: in 2027 between Laajasalo and Hakaniemi. The construction schedule for the section between Hakaniemi and the city centre has not yet been decided.
- About 10 kilometres of tracks.
- 15 pairs of stops.
- Speed of 22 km/h, according to initial estimates.
Projects being planned
Vantaa Light Rail
Vantaa Light Rail, which is planned to run from Helsinki Airport to Mellunmäki Metro Station, will transform the cityscape in Vantaa when realised. A total of 19 kilometres of tracks will be built.
West Helsinki tram lines
The West Helsinki tram lines will lay a foundation for a new urban boulevard and public transport based on rail traffic in West Helsinki. The plan includes the urban boulevard and new light rail section on Huopalahdentie and Vihdintie streets, as well as the new tramway sections in the western inner city on Fredrikinkatu, Topeliuksenkatu and Nordenskiöldinkatu streets. The total length of the new track sections will be about eight kilometres.
Vihdintie Light Rail
The 10.5-kilometre north–south line will run from Erottaja in Helsinki city centre to Kannelmäki. In Etelä-Haaga, the line will connect to Jokeri Light Rail, and it will also offer passengers the opportunity to change to the Coastal Railway and the Ring Rail Line.
Viikki-Malmi Light Rail
When completed, the light rail line, about eight kilometres long, will run from the Kumpula Campus to Malmi Airport. In Malmi, the track would split into two: the terminal point for the western branch would be near Malmi Hospital, and for the eastern branch, in Jakomäki.
The three-kilometre track would start at the junction of Pohjolankatu and Mäkelänkatu streets to Pakila and Patola, running via the surroundings and track area of Käpylä Station, the Metsälä business area, Louhenpuisto, Asesepäntie and Veturitie, including street areas.
The tramway will be extended from Pasilankatu to Ilmalantori. At the same time, travelling will become safer and more pleasant as Radiokatu street will have pavements reserved for pedestrians only, as well as one-way cycling lanes.