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Summary of Länsimetro’s meeting of the Board of Directors on 17 December 2020

The Project Manager submitted a status report on the construction and cost monitoring of the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section to the Board through the war room’s monitoring view. Construction is progressing in line with the project plan’s risk-assessed schedule and budget.

Länsimetro Oy’s Technical Director presented the situation for the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section’s commissioning plan. The commissioning plan is proceeding on schedule.

The Board of Directors authorised the CEO to sign an agreement on tasks related to the preparations for the commissioning of the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section and the actual commissioning phase with HKL. The tasks are linked to control room services and test runs, among other things.

The Board of Directors approved Länsimetro Oy’s budget proposal for 2021.

Länsimetro Oy’s CFO presented the cost monitoring for the Matinkylä-Kivenlahti section. Construction is progressing in line with the project plan’s budget. The CFO also presented the schedule for the financial statements 2020.

The CEO presented Länsimetro Oy’s recruitments.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on 28 January 2021.

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

Summary of Länsimetro’s meeting of the Board of Directors on 19 November 2020

The Project Manager submitted a status report on the construction and cost monitoring of the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section to the Board through the war room’s monitoring view. Construction is progressing in line with the project plan’s risk-assessed schedule and budget.

Länsimetro Oy’s Technical Director presented the situation for the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section’s commissioning plan. The commissioning plan is proceeding on schedule.

The Board of Directors decided to procure the management of the Sammalvuori depot commissioning follow-up work and maintenance tasks for the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti project from Sweco PM Oy based on the framework agreement (27 October 2017).

Länsimetro Oy’s CFO presented the cost monitoring for the Matinkylä-Kivenlahti section. Construction is progressing in line with the project plan’s budget.

The Director of Communications presented the DESIGN.TUNNE.METRO. video series produced on the Ruoholahti–Matinkylä section of the West Metro. The goal of the series is to spotlight the design and details behind the stations’ architecture.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on 17 December 2020.

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

Rock wedging work at Soukantori in the first two weeks of 2021

Rock will be removed by means of wedging at the Soukka metro station’s Soukantori entrance starting on 4 January 2021. The work will last for two weeks. The wedging will take place in the area of the map marked in blue, at the address Soukantie 14. Drilling is part of the wedging work, and it will cause minor noise in the immediate environment. The drilling will be carried out during the work hours specified by the Espoo City Environment Agency, i.e. on weekdays between 7.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. No wedging will be carried out on Epiphany (6 January 2021).

Rock is being removed from the Soukantori entrance to ensure access to the bicycle parking area.

 

We apologise for any disturbances caused by the work.

Further information

24/7 phone line of the Soukka contractor, consortium YIT–ARE: +358 (0)40 628 8161

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

Ballast loading on Hyljetie weekdays from 7 am–9 pm

Rail ballast will be loaded at the worksite base of the West Metro rail line on Hyljetie during the work hours specified by the Espoo City Environment Agency, i.e. on weekdays between 7.00 a.m. and 9.00 p.m. The loading area is marked in red on the map below. The loading of ballast will continue until the end of March 2021.

The rail ballast loading is related to the metro rail line’s superstructures contract, which started in June 2020. The contract covers the laying of ballast, as well as the installation of cable ducts, sleepers, rails and the conductor rail.

We apologise for any inconvenience the work may cause.

 

Further information

 

Rail line contractor, GRK Infra Oy 24/7 direct phone line to the worksite: +358 (0) 50 516 7606

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

Exceptional traffic arrangements on Sammentie starting the week of 16 November

The construction of a pipeline to the Riilahti shaft of the West Metro began in August 2020 with the removal of trees. At the end of the week of 16 November (week 47), exceptional traffic arrangements will begin on Sammentie, on the blue area marked on the map, due to the construction of the pipeline’s stormwater connections. Traffic will go back to normal and the area of Sammentie in question will be covered with asphalt by the end of December.

We apologise for any inconvenience the work may cause.

Further information

Rail line contractor, GRK Infra Oy 24/7 direct phone line to the worksite: +358 (0) 50 516 7606

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

Public spaces are allowed to impress and awaken experiences – a new video series unveils the stories behind the West Metro’s eight stations from an artistic and architectural perspective

On Wednesday, 18 November 2020, it will be three years since the start of commuter traffic on the West Metro’s Ruoholahti–Matinkylä section and the inauguration of the eight new stations. In addition to the modern technological systems that guarantee functionality and safety, from the very beginning, the architectural planning of the new stations took into account different user groups, the location of the station and lighting. Each of the eight stations has its own unique identity, where the underground facilities engage in dialogue with the aboveground station environment and its characteristic features.

Länsimetro and Espoo’s City Events have collaboratively produced an eight-part video series, DESIGN.TUNNE.METRO., which will transport the viewer on an inspiring metro journey from Lauttasaari to Matinkylä. The journalist Riku Rantala explains in the videos how Otaniemi’s culturally significant linden alley was accounted for in the planning, how Lauttasaari’s dismantled iconic water tower is part of the metro station and why Tapiola station is a brilliant white.

The metro is an everyday mode of transport for its users and the video series encourages them to focus their gaze on the aesthetics of this backdrop to their daily lives and the small, carefully designed details. The West Metro’s stations are cultural destinations open to all city residents.

Watch the DESIGN.TUNNE.METRO. videos with your guide Riku Rantala. (videos only in Finnish)

City Events Espoo: www.espoo.fi/kaupunkitapahtumat
Presentation of metro stations: www.lansimetro.fi/en/stations/

Excavation work on the Riilahti shaft’s pipeline to start in the last week of October

The construction of a pipeline to the Riilahti shaft of the West Metro began in August 2020 with the removal of trees. Construction of the pipeline is moving forward in the last week of October with excavations from the shaft towards Sammentie. The excavation work, marked with red lines on the map, will continue until February 2021. The pipeline will consist of two pressure sewers, which will connect to the manhole at Sammentie.

We apologise for any inconvenience the work may cause.

Further information

Rail line contractor, GRK Infra Oy 24/7 direct phone line to the worksite: +358 (0) 50 516 7606

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

Summary of Länsimetro’s meeting of the Board of Directors on 21 October 2020

Länsimetro Oy’s Director of Real Estate and Infrastructure presented to the Board of Directors West Metro’s ownership Q3 report and HKL’s performance reporting. HKL reports to Länsimetro Oy on the use of the Ruoholahti–Matinkylä section rail line and stations and related service and maintenance tasks. A report on the use and property risks linked to Länsimetro Oy’s metro property management was presented to the Board.

The Project Director submitted a status report on the construction and cost monitoring of the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section to the Board through the war room’s monitoring view. Construction is progressing in line with the project plan’s risk-assessed schedule and budget.

Länsimetro Oy’s Technical Director presented the situation for the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section’s commissioning plan. The commissioning plan is proceeding on schedule.

Länsimetro Oy’s CFO presented the cost monitoring for the Matinkylä-Kivenlahti section. Construction is progressing in line with the project plan’s budget.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on 19 November 2020.

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

Summary of Länsimetro’s meeting of the Board of Directors on 23 September 2020

The Project Manager submitted a status report on the construction and cost monitoring of the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section to the Board through the war room’s monitoring view. Construction is progressing in line with the project plan’s risk-assessed schedule and budget.

Länsimetro Oy’s Technical Director presented the situation for the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section’s commissioning plan. The commissioning plan is proceeding on schedule.

Länsimetro Oy’s CFO presented the cost monitoring for the Matinkylä-Kivenlahti section, as well as a budgetary projection of management, administration and financial charges. Construction is progressing in line with the project plan’s budget.

Länsimetro Oy’s Communications Director presented Länsimetro’s public image to the Board of Directors. The operations related to the section under construction as well the section owned by Länsimetro Oy that is already in operation are openly communicated to all stakeholders and parties. Länsimetro’s public image is positive. Reporters are increasingly interested in how the construction is advancing.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on 21 October 2020.

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

 

West entrance at Matinkylä metro station to open to passengers on 1 October

The Matinkylä metro station’s west entrance will be opened to passengers on 1 October. The entrance’s address is Suomenlahdentie 9. A hotel that connects to the entrance will also be completed by the end of the year. In front of the hotel, on Tynnyritie, a new parking area for 32 bicycles will also serve metro commuters.

The Matinkylä metro station’s west entrance will be opened to passengers on 1 October. The entrance’s address is Suomenlahdentie 9.  Photo: M. Wirman.

The new entrance will connect Suomenlahdentie and Tynnyritie with the metro platform’s west end. It will provide an alternative route from the metro to the bus stops on Suomenlahdentie and buses heading in the direction of Finnoo. Matinkylä is the most-used metro station of all West Metro stations, calculated by number of commuters in 2019, and the second entrance will balance out the number of commuters on the existing route to the bus terminal and Iso Omena shopping centre. Like the West Metro’s other entrances, the new entrance on the west side is wheelchair accessible.

The new entrance will connect Suomenlahdentie with Tynnyritie at the metro platform’s west end. Photo: M. Wirman.

Architecturally, the new entrance complements the existing architecture and appearance of the Matinkylä station. The colour scheme for the new entrance differs from that of the east entrance, helping commuters tell the entrances apart. Starting from the bottom of the escalators, the backlit glass on the east-side escalators changes from yellow to green and then blue. The wall of the new west entrance is adorned with different colours of the spectrum, from red and orange to violet.

Architecturally, the new entrance complements the existing architecture and appearance of the Matinkylä station. The wall of the new west entrance is from red and orange to violet. Photo: M. Wirman.

The entrance can now be opened, since other construction in the area has moved forward. Other services being built on the so-called Tynnyripuisto block are a new indoor swimming pool and a seniors’ residence. The area will also include new residential housing as well as the ‘Life and Living’ senior centre in Matinkylä, along Suomenlahdentie. All in all, an estimated 70,000 residents will live in the metro’s catchment area in the coming decades. Correspondingly, the south entrance to Tapiola station was opened to passengers in the spring of 2019 as construction there progressed.

Länsimetro Oy’s task is to build, own, maintain and develop the West Metro system, tracks and stations from Ruoholahti westwards. In the operating section of the West Metro, Länsimetro Oy is responsible for the functioning and safety of the infrastructure and systems, and oversees that the required maintenance and repairs are taken care of as planned. HKL is responsible for repairs and maintenance as well as for the metro traffic.

“As a responsible owner, we wish to continuously develop and improve the commuter experience. We are making sure that our part is technically modern, based on digital control and maintenance, and world-class in term of safety”, says Länsimetro Oy’s CEO, Ville Saksi.          

Construction of the second phase from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti is ongoing and progressing on schedule and within budget. Work is also taking place around the architecture and look of the second phase stations.

“We want to build appealing stations that are iconic landmarks in their area. Each new station will feature a work of art that will reinforce the station’s identity”, says Saksi.

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