At the beginning of June, Länsimetro will move from the testing phase to the regulatory inspection phase and the handing over of the stations and the rail to HKL will be prepared. After the regulatory inspections and the rectification of any defects discovered during the inspections, the metro can be opened to the public. According to current estimates, metro services could start in September. Bus traffic would change to feeder network routes and a schedule in mid-August at the earliest. Until then the South Espoo and Lauttasaari buses would operate on the current routes.
Länsimetro’s introduction into use is moving to the regulatory inspection phase. Sufficient time must be set aside for rectifying any defects discovered during inspections.
“Länsimetro is ready to operate as soon as final approval has been received. According to my estimation, metro services will start in September 2017”, states Ville Saksi, CEO of Länsimetro Oy, who is responsible for the construction work.
HKL, who are responsible for operating the metro services, have been performing trial runs on the Länsimetro section during the winter and spring. The trial runs have gone well and will be completed on 14 May 2017.
“The Länsimetro trial runs have been successful and have made it possible to ensure that the metro will also function in various exceptional situations. When it is opened to the public the metro will be reliable and safe”, says Ville Lehmuskoski, CEO of HKL.
After the regulatory inspections have been completed, Länsimetro, HKL and HSL will decide the final start date of metro and feeder services. However, bus feeder traffic will not start when the autumn traffic commences on 14 August 2017. Instead, the South Espoo and Lauttasaari buses will continue to run on the current routes.
“Our basic principle is that passengers’ mobility in South Espoo and Lauttasaari is ensured in all situations”, states Suvi Rihtiniemi, CEO of HSL. “Bus operators also need at least two months to plan traffic and work schedules.”
The metro and current bus routes will operate simultaneously for some time before transferring to feeder traffic. This way, we will gain valuable experience about metro traffic on the Länsimetro section.
Ville Saksi, CEO, Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)40 823 2086
Olli Isotalo, Chairman of the Board of Länsimetro Oy, tel. +358 (0)50 593 3359
Suvi Rihtniemi, CEO, HSL, tel. +358 (0)50 565 8884
Ville Lehmuskoski, CEO, HKL, tel. +358 (0)40 520 6710