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Siemens Mobility to provide traction power supply for second phase of West Metro

Siemens Mobility will provide the traction power supply substations for the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section of West Metro. The contract is valued at close to EUR 5 million.

A consortium consisting of Siemens Mobility Oy and Electric Power Finland Oy will deliver the substations for traction power supply for the five metro stations and the Sammalvuori depot included in West Metro’s second phase. The substations will supply the electric traction power to the conductor rail of the rail line.

“The delivery of the traction power supply substations is one of the 24 subcontracts that extend throughout the metro line. Each subcontract is important for the overall success of the project. We are very happy to have an experienced implementer also for this contract,” says Raimo Kaunismäki, Technical Director at Länsimetro Oy.

The first deliveries will start in May 2019. The contract is due to be completed by summer 2021.

“The contract represents a successful continuation of West Metro’s first phase, for which Siemens also delivered the DC traction power supply substations. Siemens has a solid background and experience in traction power supply for rail traffic infrastructure,” says Jari Jokitöyrä, Sales Manager at Siemens Mobility Oy.

West Metro’s second phase is estimated to reach completion in 2023. The excavation work was finished last year. The rail line and five stations have moved on to the construction phase, which is proceeding according to schedule. HVAC and electricity work is already ongoing at the Sammalvuori depot.

Up until 2022, construction will continue at the stations and on the rail line after which we will move on to the commissioning phase, which includes the acceptance of contracts, a comprehensive testing phase and approvals by public authorities. Länsimetro Oy will have completed its task when the metro is handed over to the operator so that preparations for transit operations can begin.

Further information:
Länsimetro Oy, Technical Director Raimo Kaunismäki, raimo.kaunismaki(at)lansimetro.fi, tel.  +358 050 390 6670

Parma Rail to supply sleepers for West Metro’s second phase

Länsimetro Oy and Parma Rail Oy have agreed on the delivery of sleepers for the Western Metro’s Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. The delivery will consist of a total of 27,400 sleepers.

Parma Rail will also supply sleepers for West Metro’s second phase from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti. The delivery is valued at around EUR 2 million. The deliveries, involving altogether 27,400 sleepers, will begin in the summer of 2020, continuing until the end of 2020.

Parma Rail was also Länsimetro’s partner in the first phase of the project, for which it delivered some 47,000 sleepers between 2013 and 2015.

“Once again, Parma Rail provided us with an expert partner for this subcontract. This project will incorporate altogether 24 subcontracts spanning the entire metro line,” says Länsimetro Oy’s Technical Director Raimo Kaunismäki.

Parma Rail’s CEO Markku Järveläinen says that production of the sleepers will begin at their Forssa plant next summer.

“The order came at a key moment. There are of course several major rail traffic projects pending at the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, but they are still awaiting implementation decisions,” Järveläinen explains.

West Metro’s second phase is estimated to reach completion in 2023. Construction on the rail line and stations will continue up until 2022, followed by the commissioning phase. It includes the acceptance of contracts, a comprehensive testing phase and approvals by public authorities. Länsimetro Oy will have completed its task when the metro is handed over to the operator so that preparations for transit operations can begin.

Further information:

Raimo Kaunismäki, Technical Director, Länsimetro Oy, raimo.kaunismaki(at)lansimetro.fi

Tel. +358 50 390 6670

Markku Järveläinen, CEO, Parma Rail Oy, markku.jarvelainen(at)parma.fi

Tel. +358 20 577 5456

Summary of decisions by Länsimetro Oy’s Board of Directors on 24 January 2019

The Board of Directors convened on 24 January 2019. The Board of Directors received a status report and risk management report on the construction work on the second phase, the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. The project is progressing on schedule and on budget. The status report also included the project targets for 2019.

The Board of Directors approved the procurement decision on the subcontracts. Information on the subcontracts will be provided once they are signed.

The Board of Directors received an HR report and a summary of the training provided by Metro Academy in 2018. A total of 35 internal training and coaching events were arranged. The purpose of Metro Academy is to ensure that the expertise of the second phase’s specialists will remain available to anyone working on the project throughout the construction work. Know-how will continue to be developed during the long project.  The training is systematic, on-going and will also be developed as the project progresses.

The Board of Directors approved a motion to put out to tender and draw up an agreement on a EUR 50 million financing package, consisting of a single or more loan payments.

A status report on the servicing and maintenance on the first phase, Ruoholahti–Matinkylä, was discussed at the meeting.  HKL not only operates the metro traffic but also reports to Länsimetro Oy on the use of the metro line and the stations and the related servicing and maintenance tasks as agreed.

The next Board meeting will be on 14 February 2019.

Further information:

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

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

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

Summary of decisions by Länsimetro Oy’s Board of Directors on 20 December 2018

The Board of Directors received a status report and annual report on the construction of West Metro’s second phase, the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. Construction work met the targets set for 2018.  The revised project plan was approved, the construction contracts were completed (6 contracts, total value roughly EUR 318 million), 17 subcontracts were completed (valued at around EUR 73 million), around 13,200 production plans were completed, most of the building permits were received, the excavation work was completed, and construction work was started at all the sites. The excavation contracts came in at approximately EUR 14 million below budget. The Board of Directors received an account of the increases in planning costs occurring during construction.

The Board of Directors also reviewed the main risks linked with the construction work. The progress of the Lippulaiva shopping centre project at Espoonlahti will be monitored carefully, as the construction work involved will affect the progress of the West Metro station contract at Espoonlahti and consequently the overall schedule of the metro project. The projects have a number of joint structures. The Board of Directors received an account of the increases in planning costs occurring during construction.

The Board of Directors received, as owner of West Metro, a status report and annual report on the management and maintenance of the Ruoholahti–Matinkylä section.  HKL not only operates the metro traffic but also reports to Länsimetro Oy on the use of the metro line and the stations and the related servicing and maintenance tasks as agreed.

The Board of Directors approved the company’s budget for 2019.

The next Board meeting will be on 24 January 2019.

Further information:

Ville Saksi, CEO, Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 44 998 2086

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

Media contact person Satu Linkola, Communications Director, tel. +358 46 877 3392

Netel to supply West Metro’s phase two GSM, VIRVE and WLAN system

Netel Oy has won the GSM, VIRVE and WLAN system contract for West Metro’s Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. The contract is valued at around EUR 2.2 million.

The project will create antenna networks to serve commercial mobile operators, the Finnish authorities’ network VIRVE and the city’s WLAN network. The radio network contract incorporates the installation and the majority of the materials. Installation will be carried out in the parallel metro tunnels over seven kilometres of rail line, at five stations and in the service tunnels.

“Netel was already involved in the construction of West Metro’s Ruoholahti–Matinkylä section. They have demonstrated their ability to create a high-quality end result in challenging circumstances,” says Länsimetro Oy’s Technical Director Raimo Kaunismäki.

The system contract is one of 24 subcontracts that extend throughout the metro line. The work is set to start immediately and will be completed by the summer of 2021.

“The second phase of West Metro is a critical project for us and it will further increase Netel’s market share in designing and building internal networks,” says Netel’s CEO Ari Asikainen.

West Metro’s second phase is estimated to reach completion in 2023. The excavation work was finished last year. The rail line and five stations have moved on to the construction phase, which is proceeding according to schedule. HVAC and electricity work is already ongoing at the Sammalvuori depot.

Up until 2022, construction will continue at the stations and on the rail line after which we will move on to the commissioning phase, which includes the acceptance of contracts, a comprehensive testing phase and approvals by public authorities. Länsimetro Oy will have completed its task when the metro is handed over to the operator so that preparations for transit operations can begin.

Further information:
Länsimetro Oy, Technical Director Raimo Kaunismäki, raimo.kaunismaki(at)lansimetro.fi, tel. +358 050 390 6670

Netel Oy, CEO Ari Asikainen, ari.asikainen(at)netel.fi, tel. +358 50 3676755

Underground construction is familiar to the Real Estate Development Manager of Soukka

Janne Tuoma has joined the West Metro project as the Real Estate Development Manager of Soukka station. As the Real Estate Development Manager, Tuoma’s most important task is to ensure that his site is completed on schedule and within budget.

During his first days on the job, Tuoma will get familiar with West Metro’s Big Room and will soon visit the worksite.

“On Thursday, I will meet the contractor for the first time in a worksite meeting held at the worksite. The first thing I will do at the office is familiarise myself with the schedule and the agreements,” Tuoma says.

Tuoma is already familiar with underground construction thanks to his previous work – his latest duties had him working for Lemminkäinen and YIT as a project manager of the Blominmäki underground wastewater treatment plant. In the past he has been involved in the construction of an underground wastewater treatment plant in Mariehamn for Skanska Infra.

Before Lemminkäinen and YIT, Tuoma worked for 10 years for the Talvivaara mining project, constructing mining infrastructure and water treatment plants and acting in positions such as Head of Department and Purchasing Manager. He has also held positions such as Project Manager and Planning Manager at Skanska Infra.

Curiosity about new challenges inspired Tuoma to apply for the metro project.

“West Metro is an interesting project. I have been involved in underground construction before, but the metro project includes plenty of diverse technology that is interesting to me in a new way. The coordination phase and consideration of safety and the built environment are of special interest to me,” Tuoma says.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to construct a unique project in Finland. Talvivaara mine was also of a unique scale but this project has the added factor of being built in the middle of the second largest city in Finland,” Tuoma adds.

Rail transport expert appointed as Länsimetro’s Maintenance Manager

Juhani Penttilä, MSc (Civil Engineering), has been appointed as Länsimetro’s Maintenance Manager. Penttilä’s responsibilities include coordinating tunnel and track maintenance operations and quality control along the West Metro’s operational section between Ruoholahti and Matinkylä.

“Ensuring passenger and traffic safety is one of the most important objectives of maintenance. Maintenance operations must be carried out to a high standard and in a timely and cost-effective manner, taking the entire life cycle of the underground system into account”, Penttilä says.

The new stations and track have been property of Länsimetro since the completion of the Ruoholahti–Matinkylä section, but the operator – Helsinki City Transport – is responsible for station and track maintenance. The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority is responsible for the planning and provision of public transport. Penttilä will be working in close cooperation with both Helsinki City Transport and the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority. Once the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section has been completed, Penttilä will also be responsible for second-phase maintenance operations.

Penttilä has been interested in rail technology since his student days: he graduated from Tampere University of Technology in 2013 and wrote his master’s thesis on a comparison of observed and calculated frost penetration depth and frost heave of track structures.

After graduation, he worked at Roadscanners where he specialised in roads and railways. He also had international assignments, such as scanning roads in Azerbaijan and Papua New Guinea. In addition to the Finnish rail network, he has taken ground-penetrating radar measurements of railways in Sweden, Slovenia and Croatia.

Penttilä has spent the last three years working at Ramboll as a Railway Maintenance Manager authorised by the Finnish Transport Agency to oversee a specific maintenance area. His responsibilities included maintenance project management and quality control as well as track condition monitoring.

“I believe that my previous experience will serve me well at Länsimetro, as I am already familiar with all aspects of railway maintenance, monitoring and development. However, I am also looking forward to learning new things and facing new challenges. The scale of the West Metro project makes it unique in Finland”, Penttilä says.

Juhani Penttilä

A year of metro operations to west – the first anniversary of Matinkylä extension

Metro started operating to Matinkylä a year ago on Sunday, 18 November. In November last year, eight new metro stations opened when the 14-kilometre railway between Ruoholahti and Matinkylä in Espoo was completed. According to preliminary information, the use of public transport in Espoo has increased during the year.

Metro became the most important method of transportation in Southern Espoo and Lauttasaari when the most western part of the metro started operation on 18 November 2017. Bus lines that run along Länsiväylä motorway between Kamppi in Helsinki and Espoo became feeder lines to metro stations on 3 January 2018.

”Preliminary data on passenger volumes suggests that the metro has increased the use of public transportation in Espoo,” says Suvi Rihtniemi, the CEO of HSL.

Based on data received from mobile base stations, the number of journeys from Espoo to Helsinki on weekdays increased from December 2017 to January 2018 by around 11%, and the increase was mainly generated by the metro. Ticket sales figures also indicate that travelling has increased: in January–October 2018, Espoo residents bought 7.3% more tickets with their travel card or using a mobile application compared with the same period of time in 2017. At the same time, the growth of car traffic on Länsiväylä motorway has levelled off.

The early stages of metro and feeder busses have gone reasonably well, even though there have been some issues. At peak hours, there have been more passengers in the metro than expected, and in some areas, journey times to the centre of Helsinki have become longer following the change.

In October, HSL introduced four bus lines that operate during peak hours between Kamppi and the western part of Espoo – mainly to reduce the burden on the metro, but also to speed up journey times before the next expansion of the metro from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti will be completed. The plan is to publish information on the effects of bus lines on metro passenger numbers in the near future.

The number of passengers in the western part of the metro seems to have risen slightly during 2018. In 2018, the busiest month was September when the average number of passengers at eight new stations was 56,200 during a weekday. The previous year’s highest figure was measured in March, when the number of passengers was 54,100. The busiest station has still been Matinkylä, where in September there were 16,400 daily passengers during weekdays.

In addition to lines to Kamppi, HSL has also made other, smaller changes to the bus transport and, if necessary, changes will continue to be made.

”We keep a close eye on the number of passengers and strive to provide a good public transport service to everyone,” says Tero Anttila, Director of Public Transport Planning Department at HSL.

Exchange connections between the metro and buses in Tapiola will become considerably easier when the Tapiola bus terminal will open most likely in March. All buses through Tapiola will then be transferred to the new bus terminal that will be completed on Merituulentie.

HKL tested the frequency and transported trainers

HKL operates metro with 36 trains during the peak hours on weekdays. After the expansion of the metro, one of the lines started to run between Matinkylä–Vuosaari and the other between Tapiola–Mellunmäki. During the peak hours on weekdays, the frequency between Tapiola–Itäkeskus has been 2.5 minutes and five minutes between Matinkylä–Tapiola, Itäkeskus–Mellunmäki and Itäkeskus–Vuosaari.

“Traffic on the expanded metro line has stabilised during the year and the number of cancelled train departures due to various reasons has clearly declined. Between July and October, around 99.8% of metro traffic was run as scheduled,” says HKL’s Managing Director Lehmuskoski.

In order to level off congestion, an operating model designed by HSL and HKL was trialled by HKL at the end of August between Tapiola and Matinkylä so that three out of four metro trains ran until Matinkylä. The model turned out to be functional from the technical point of view but it also contains some operational challenges. No decisions have yet been made on the implementation of the model.

Plenty of new metro drivers have been trained this year to meet the needs of the expanded metro.

”Within the past 12 months, a total of 46 drivers have completed their training in four training periods. The fifth training period is currently ongoing,” says Ville Lehmuskoski.

Länsimetro owns the first phase metro and builds the second phase to west

After the start of operations, Länsimetro Oy remained the owner of the railway between Ruoholahti and Matinkylä. Construction continues from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti and it is progressing as planned. The construction works of all second phase stations are launched by the end of 2018. The second phase will be handed over to the operator during 2023.

“The first year has gone without teething, which we are particularly proud of. Länsimetro owns the first phase stations and the railway infrastructure, which is in the best condition in terms of its life cycle. Our duty is to be a responsible owner also in the future and ensure that the property worth a billion euros remains in good condition and serves passengers in the best possible way,” says Länsimetro Oy’s CEO Ville Saksi.

Timo Kauppila, INDAV

 

Länsimetro’s second phase achieves goals for 2018 – excavation contracts remained below the budget, construction work began on schedule

In 2018, work progressed from excavation to construction on Länsimetro’s Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. Construction contracts were tendered out in several stages over the year, and construction began on schedule at five stations and on the rail line. The construction of the Sammalvuori depot has progressed to work on the building services. In addition to the schedule targets, also the cost targets were achieved. Excavation contracts remained approximately EUR 14 million below the budget.

During the year, the project adopted a situation management model, so called war room concept,  which is new in the construction industry. In this model, project management works in a so-called big room, monitoring the progress of planning, acquisitions, the permit process and implementation as well as occupational safety and cooperation in each construction site, i.e. the stations, the rail line and the depot. Any data from the construction sites and the various sources is processed and analysed on interactive displays. Measurement of the project’s internal communications and cooperation began in the summer. A training system, the Metro Academy, was created to support training and the exchange of information during the project. These development measures brought Länsimetro the Project of the Year award granted by Project Management Association Finland in October.

–       The second phase is now going full speed ahead. We have taken full advantage of the experiences gained and lessons learned during the first phase by revising our management model, introducing a situation management model and investing in communications. Construction-related procurements remained within budget. Excavation contracts ran smoothly and, as a whole, remained approximately EUR 14 million below the budget, says Länsimetro Oy’s CEO Ville Saksi.

Other goals were also achieved. During the year, a total of 13,400 construction and production plans were completed. The key building permits needed for starting the construction work were obtained from the construction supervision authorities. Phase two includes a total of 24 subcontracts, 17 of which were tendered out during the year. The tendering process for the contracts that will be carried out later will continue until the summer of 2019. Occupational safety remained at a good level.

In March 2018, the City of Espoo approved an adjusted project plan for the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section. The revised cost estimate for the entire project is EUR 1,159 million. The aim is to hand over the seven kilometres of rail line and five stations and depot to the operator, Helsinki City Transport, during 2023.

Further information:

Ville Saksi, CEO, Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)40 823 2086, ville.saksi(at)lansimetro.fi

 

 

Länsi-Uusimaa Rescue Department to test the operation of smoke curtains between Finnoo and Matinkylä

Länsi-Uusimaa Rescue Department will be testing the operation of the smoke curtains installed for the duration of the construction works and the effectiveness of smoke extractors between Matinkylä and Finnoo at 8.00 pm on Thursday, 20 December. The tests will take approximately two hours.

There may be rescue vehicles on site during the tests, and artificial smoke may drift out of the tunnel via the shaft on Suomenlahdentie. The smoke is harmless, and sightings of it do not need to be reported to emergency services.

Smoke curtains are used to increase site safety during the construction works.

Further information:

Länsi-Uusimaa Rescue Department, Project Manager Tuukka Tuuli: +358 (0)50 329 8261, tuukka.tuuli@espoo.fi