HKL and Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. (CAF) signed a contract on 6 February for the procurement of 20 new metro trains. The new equipment will be needed for the West Metro, and is intended to run the entire length of the metro system.
Delivery of the trains will be planned to allow operation of the West Metro to begin according to schedule. The first train will arrive in Helsinki for testing and trials at the end of January or beginning of February 2015. The 15 trains that will be needed to start the west metro service will all have arrived by the end of 2015. The remaining 5 units will arrive in spring 2016.
The procurement allows for the potential extension of the West Metro from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti. The contract also contains a further option, should the so-called ‘East Metro’ to Sipoo be realised sooner than expected.
Read the full press release on the HKL website. (in Finnish)