Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 13:57

Regional programme for land use, housing and transport approved

The 14 municipalities of the Helsinki region have approved the regional MAL 2019 programme – the programme for land use, housing and transport. For the first time, the programme is produced for all three elements together. The programme gives its members an understanding of the type of work that will be conducted to develop the region in the next few years. The programme describes the principles of planning rounds, the planning processes, how planning is organized, and the key themes of the work.

The 14 municipalities of the Helsinki region and the Finnish Government have agreed on policies in land use, transport and housing. These policies have laid out that joint planning activities will be continued on the basis of previous plans. The planning round now about to start will produce a comprehensive picture of the current situation and update and concretize existing plans. Actions to be needed by 2030 will be laid out in an action plan. Several alternative scenarios will be examined for the purposes of long-term planning. The work is scheduled so that the plan will be ready for approval at the beginning of 2019.

During the compilation phase in 2018, the programme members will define the key policies for the development of land use, housing and transport, and they will form a joint understanding of the principal MAL projects. During 2017, they will conduct studies of areas where information is lacking or which have no operating models.

“Cooperation among the 14 municipalities and their planning for land use, housing and transport is of utmost importance, in order that the regional objectives can be met,” says Tatu Rauhamäki, Chairman of the Helsinki Region Cooperation Assembly. “In its entirety, MAL 2019 is a significant programme even as a planning process. It produces an information base and operating models that can be utilized regionally. It advances cooperation and steers us to network more and more at local, national and international levels.”

 

Read more:

MAL 2016 programme, in Finnish (pdf)

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 08:08

Tram network expanded and renovated in summer

Helsinki tram routes will be expanded and older tracks renovated during the summer and autumn of 2017 for the needs of a new tram network to be launched in August. Track work will proceed at about 20 sites.

The new tram network will have 2.8 kilometres of new tracks. The main track work sites will be located on the streets of Välimerenkatu and Reijolankatu.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:34

Helsinki residents’ sense of security has not weakened

Helsinki residents’ sense of security in everyday life has not deteriorated. This is a general conclusion of the latest Helsinki Safety Survey, the responses to which were collected at the turn of the year 2015-16. Perceived security in people’s own neighbourhoods and in central Inner Helsinki rose steadily in the years 2003-2012. Since then, the situation has not changed. Yet there are large differences between Helsinki districts in terms of perceived unsafety, particularly during weekend evenings.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:46

Brochure on Helsinki’s new city plan

The new city plan of Helsinki is presented in a newly published brochure in a concise manner. The Helsinki City Plan brochure explains to readers the key concepts and solutions of the city plan, such as increasing density, the expansion of the inner city to “city boulevards” and the development of the rail network for public transport in Helsinki.

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 08:54

Design concepts selected for Merihaka and Hakaniemi bridges

Preliminary design concepts have been selected for bridges to be built in Merihaka and Hakaniemi. The concepts will serve as a basis for further bridge design and engineering.

The design concept selected for the Merihaka bridge (see rendering above) will produce a lightweight, pier-like structure that doesn’t block the view from Kalasatama to Pohjoisranta owing to its low elevation. This was considered a merit in terms of the overall cityscape.