Summary of Länsimetro Oy’s meeting of the Board of Directors on 26 January 2022

The CEO presented the project’s 2021 annual review. The Project Manager presented a status report for the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section of the construction project. Construction is progressing in line with the planned schedule and budget. Metro traffic is expected to start up on the new section in 2023, once HKL’s and HSL’s and preparatory work has been completed. Test runs on the rail equipment began on the scheduled date of 21 June 2021 and continued in autumn up until Kivenlahti. The testing of the interface between the Matinkylä metro station and the new section was completed and approved in September. Scenario testing, meaning testing all the systems in emergency situations, has also been carried out at the Kaitaa, Soukka and Finnoo stations. Testing is currently in progress at the Kivenlahti and Espoonlahti stations. Testing is proceeding according to plan.

Länsimetro Oy’s CFO presented the cost monitoring for the construction project.  Construction is proceeding in line with the budget.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on 17 February 2022.

Further information:

Olli Isotalo, Chairman of the Board of Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)50 593 3359

Ville Saksi, CEO, Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)40 823 2086

Media contacts: Satu Linkola, Communications Director, tel. +358 (0)46 877 3392

Testing of smoke extraction fans at Kivenlahti, Espoonlahti and Soukka metro stations 9 February –11 February and 14 February 2022

Smoke extraction fans will be tested at the Kivenlahti, Espoonlahti and Soukka metro stations on 9 February – 11 January 2022 and on 14 February from 8 am to 4 pm. During the testing, a whirring sound may be heard in the vicinity from time to time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Smoke extraction fans are used in case of fire to blow smoke away from the underground facilities along fire-compartmented routes into the outside air. There are smoke extraction fans in the metro line’s vertical shafts and at the metro stations’ eastern and western ends. All in all, 15 smoke extraction fans have been installed on the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section.

Further information

Länsimetro’s feedback line (Mon–Fri, 9 am to 1 pm): 050 377 3700

Fire alarm at Espoonlahti metro station on Monday 31 January and evacuation announcements on 31 January – 2 February

Testing of commuter safety systems is starting up at the Espoonlahti metro station. The operation of the systems will be tested in emergency situations, such as fires in different parts of the station and power outages of various durations.

One test to be carried out on Monday 31 January 2022, between 8 am and 4 pm, will also involve the fire alarm, which will cause noise in the metro station’s immediate surroundings.

During the tests, evacuation announcements will also be made over the PA system. It is possible that the announcements can also be heard outside the station between 8 am and 4 pm, from Monday 31 January until Wednesday 2 February 2022.

Further information

Länsimetro’s feedback line (Mon–Fri, 9 am to 1 pm): 050 377 3700

Testing of smoke extraction fans at at the Sammalvuori metro depot on 18 January 2022

Smoke extraction fans will be tested at the Sammalvuori metro depot on 18 January 2022 from 8 am to 4 pm. During the testing, a whirring sound may be heard in the vicinity from time to time around the Sammalvuori metro depot and the Espoonlahti metro station. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Smoke extraction fans are used in case of fire to blow smoke away from the underground facilities along fire-compartmented routes into the outside air. There are smoke extraction fans in the metro line’s vertical shafts and at the metro stations’ eastern and western ends. All in all, 15 smoke extraction fans have been installed on the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section.

Further information
Länsimetro’s feedback line (Mon–Fri, 9 am to 1 pm): 050 377 3700

New park and ride spaces for bicycles at Urheilupuisto

A total of 54 new bicycle park and ride spaces are available for passengers at the eastern entrance of the Urheilupuisto metro station along Jousenpuistonpolku. The bicycle rack, in line with HKL’s range, enables the frame of the bike to be locked to the rack. Bicycle rack installation work was carried out in early December.

 

Image from HSL’s Journey Planner showing the Urheilupuisto metro station park and ride spaces for bicycles. Did you know that the Journey Planner shows you the metro park and ride spaces and their locations?
The 54 new bicycle park and ride spaces at the Urheilupuisto metro station were completed in early December. The spaces are located along Jousenpuistonpolku at the eastern entrance of the metro station. Photo: M. Koskinen.

Testing of smoke extraction fans at Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti metro stations 11 January – 14 January 2022

Smoke extraction fans will be tested at the Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti metro stations on 11 January – 14 January 2022 from 8 am to 4 pm. During the testing, a whirring sound may be heard in the vicinity from time to time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Smoke extraction fans are used in case of fire to blow smoke away from the underground facilities along fire-compartmented routes into the outside air. There are smoke extraction fans in the metro line’s vertical shafts and at the metro stations’ eastern and western ends. All in all, 15 smoke extraction fans have been installed on the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section.

Further information

Länsimetro’s feedback line (Mon–Fri, 9 am to 1 pm): 050 377 3700

Ala-Kivenlahti and Ylä-Kivenlahti reflected in names of the “Wanderers”

The wooden “Wanderers” sculptures at the Kivenlahti metro station have been named Alis and Ylis. The shorter sculpture is called Alis, and the taller one is Ylis. The names of the wooden figures were chosen by a vote, with Alis and Ylis receiving 65 per cent of all votes. Voting took place from 7–17 December 2021, and a total of 1,601 votes were cast.

Sculptor Kalle Mustonen’s artwork is called “Wanderers”. The shorter sculpture is Alis, and the taller one is Ylis. The names refer to Kivenlahti’s residential areas.

Residents of Kivenlahti have given the areas of Kivenlahti the nicknames Ala-Kivenlahti (“Lower Kivenlahti”) and Ylä-Kivenlahti (“Upper Kivenlahti”), also shortened to Alis and Ylis. Three people proposed the names and explained their reasoning:

  • “Alis is used in reference to lower Kivenlahti, and Ylis refers to upper Kivenlahti.”
  • “People talk about Kivenlahti as upper Kivenlahti and lower Kivenlahti.”
  • “Folks have just been talking about Ylis and Alis (Upper and Lower Kivenlahti).”

How the names were chosen

There was an open invitation to submit names from 17 November–2 December 2021. Altogether 208 names were submitted. From among all the proposed names, the jury chose five pairs as finalists: Alis and Ylis, Antas and Tyskas, Möhkö and Mahti, Steni and Vikke, and Tullen and Mennen. The public voted for their favourite from among the finalists between 7 and 17 December 2021. A total of 1,601 votes were cast.

The Jury Chairman was the sculptor Kalle Mustonen. The jury was made up of Petteri Littu, an architect from ALA Architects, which is responsible for the architectural design of the Kivenlahti metro station; Kimmo Leivo, Project Director for the City of Espoo’s Urban Environment Sector; Toni Penttala, shopkeeper of the Kivenlahti and Kivenlahdenkatu K-Market grocery stores; and Pauliina Wiskari, owner of the Wiskarila restaurant. The Jury Secretary was Länsimetro’s Communications Manager Marianne Partanen.

Construction work on Kivenlahti parking facility underway

Construction of the Kivenlahti parking facility began in week 47 (starting 22 Nov) with civil engineering and foundation work. The worksite is located on the western side of the Kivenlahti metro station, next to the western entrance building of the Kivenlahti metro station. The construction project will be carried out by Fira Oy.

The parking facility will be inaugurated in 2023. Approximately 650 park and ride spaces will be built for cars in the parking facility and 50 parking spaces for bicycles.

The worksite’s address is Kiviruukinkatu 2, 02320 Espoo.

The Kivenlahti parking facility’s worksite area is indicated in brown on the map. The worksite’s address is Kiviruukinkatu 2, 02320 Espoo.

Further information

Fira Oy, foreman Jaakko Siira, jaakko.siira(at)fira.fi, tel. +358 (0)40 159 6668
Fira Oy, project manager Jyrki Latvala, jyrki.latvala(at)fira.fi, tel. +358 (0)400 792 474

Länsimetro’s feedback line, Mon–Fri, 9 am to 1 pm +358 (0)50 377 3700

Smoke extraction fan tests to take place at Matinkylä, Finnoo and Kaitaa week 50

Smoke extraction fans will be tested at the Matinkylä, Finnoo and Kaitaa metro stations and on the rail sections and the shafts (Tiistilä shaft at the address Suomenlahdentie 15, the Suomenlahdentie shaft at the address Suomenlahdentie 22 and Hyljetie shaft at the address Hyljetie 6) between them at night between 13 December and 17 December (week 50):

  • at night between 13 December and 17 December from Matinkylä to Finnoo
  • at night between 14 December and 15 December from Finnoo to Kaitaa

During the testing, a whirring sound may be heard in the vicinity from time to time. The smoke extraction fan tests will be carried out at night between 11:45 pm and 5 am when the metro is not running. The plan is to use the smoke extraction fans at the lowest power possible to avoid making noise.

Smoke extraction fans are used in case of fire to blow smoke away from the underground facilities along fire-compartmented routes into the outside air. There are smoke extraction fans in the metro line’s vertical shafts and at the metro stations’ eastern and western ends. The testing of smoke extraction fans is related to the testing of the West Metro’s Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. The functionality of the systems is also always tested at the adjacent station, i.e. in Finnoo’s case, testing will also take place on the systems of the already operating metro station at Matinkylä. All in all, 15 smoke extraction fans have been installed on the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. There are 32 smoke extraction fans on the Ruoholahti–Matinkylä section.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the testing.

Further information

Janne Ilkanheimo, Commissioning Engineer, West Metro project, tel. 0400 896 672
Länsimetro’s feedback line (Mon–Fri, 9 am to 1 pm): 050 377 3700

Vote name for the “Wanderers” (Kulkijat)

The “Wanderers” (Kulkijat) sculptures at the Kivenlahti metro station still don’t have names. Vote names for us from 7 December to 17 December 2021.

We got 208 name suggestions during 17 November—2 December. The jury selected finalists from among all the entries. The Finalist are

  • Alis and Ylis
  • Antas and Tyskas
  • Möhkö and Mahti
  • Steni and Vikke
  • Tullen and Mennen

 

Oranssit, puiset ja pyöreät veistokset
 Kalle Mustonen; sculpture “Kulkijat” (Wanderers) in Kivenlahti.

The Jury Chairman will be sculptor Kalle Mustonen. The jury is made up of Petteri Littu, an architect from ALA Architects, which is responsible for the design of the Kivenlahti metro station; Kimmo Leivo, Project Director for the City of Espoo’s Urban Environment Sector; Toni Penttala, shopkeeper of the Kivenlahti and Kivenlahdenkatu K-Market grocery stores; and Pauliina Wiskari, owner of the Wiskarila restaurant. The Jury Secretary will be Länsimetro’s Communications Manager Marianne Partanen.