Another new tramway in Finland
Posted on 30th May 2023 at 10:08
The town of Vantaa on the north-west outskirts of Helsinki (population 251 000) has decided to build a metre-gauge tramway from the Airport via Tikkurila railway station to Mellunmáki in the southern suburbs, the terminus of the Helsinki metro.
Work on the 19.3km line should start in autumn 2024 and cost EUR 606M. A 7.5-minute peak service will be provided by double-ended low-floor trams from 2029, replacing bus line 570; 100 000 passengers/day are expected by 2050.
It is hoped to attract a EUR 177M state grant. The area is expanding, with around 60 000 new residents and 30 000 new jobs expected by the end of the decade.
There will be no physical connection with the Helsinki Jokeri orbital light rail line or the Helsinki tramway.
An impression of a Vantaa tram passing a shopping centre. (Vantaa Municipal Council)
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