Rails now laid in both tunnels leading from Ruoholahti to Keilaniemi

The laying of rails along the West Metro route has reached a stage where the rails are now in place in both metro tunnels leading from Ruoholahti to Keilalahti. The rails in the northern metro tunnel already reach the Tapiola district. Rail laying is making good progress, with the entire line being expected to be completed by the autumn. The laying of conductor rails has also begun, with traction current scheduled for connection in January 2016. The metro will be open for traffic as far as Matinkylä in August 2016.

– “Traffic on the line will begin in August 2016, using manually driven trains running every 2.5 minutes during the peak hours instead of the current 4 minutes. The service level will be improved as the intervals become shorter, and the capacity will be sufficient,” says Länsimetro Oy CEO Matti Kokkinen.

Metro traffic will begin on two lines: Matinkylä – Vuosaari and Tapiola – Mellunmäki. The metro line will reach Kivenlahti in 2020.

The progress of rail laying can be monitored on the West Metro website at www.lansimetro.fi -> Work progress.

More information:
Länsimetro Oy, CEO Matti Kokkinen, tel. +358 50 347 1558, matti.kokkinen@lansimetro.fi
Länsimetro Oy is a company jointly owned by the Cities of Espoo and Helsinki, tasked with building the West Metro underground line. The objective is that most of the Ruoholahti – Matinkylä section will be completed by the end of 2015. Construction of the Matinkylä–Kivenlahti section is under way. This stretch will be completed in 2020.