Länsimetro announcement: The testing phase of Länsimetro has ended and official inspections have started – it is estimated that metro services will begin running in September

The testing phase of Länsimetro has ended. The last joint system test run, which was used to test the functioning of all systems of the station in emergency situations, was performed at the Matinkylä station during the first week of June. HKL’s test runs were completed in May, and the Länsimetro authority inspection phase has now started and will continue until early August. During the summer, the metro stations and the rail line will be handed over to HKL to maintain.

– According to a previous estimate, metro services could start in September 2017. Time must be reserved for the official inspection phase and any required repairs. This is the largest handing over process for a construction project ever carried out in Finland, states Ville Saksi, CEO of Länsimetro Ltd.

The date on which the metro services will begin running will be confirmed in mid-August, after the last authority inspection is completed. Bus traffic will switch to feeder network routes and schedules in mid-August at the earliest. Until then, the South Espoo and Lauttasaari buses will operate on their current routes. HSL will decide when the services begin and when the transfer to feeder traffic is made.

Construction near the metro will continue far into the future.

– Länsimetro’s task has been to build a safe and reliable metro. The metro is an investment that brings new vitality to the entire metropolitan area. The Tapiola area alone has seen and will see the construction of new buildings worth around a billion euros, sums up Olli Isotalo, Chairman of Länsimetro’s Board.

Further information:
Ville Saksi, CEO, Länsimetro, tel. +358 (0)40 823 2086

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