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.

Tram route 9 will run on Välimerenkatu, instead of Tyynenmerenkatu as it does now, so new tracks are needed. The new tracks on Reijolankatu will serve tram route 3, which will run from Nordenskiöldinkatu via Reijolankatiu to Mannerheimintie.   

The new tram network is designed to serve as many residents as possible and to connect seamlessly to other modes of public transport. More information on the changes to routes is available from Helsinki Region Transport HSL.

The majority of the track work consists of renovations – new tracks and switches. Track renovation work will proceed on Kaivokatu in front of the Ateneum art museum, on Mäkelänkatu and on Paciuksenkatu.

Some of the track work will cause rerouting. Check the HSL website www.hsl.fi for information.

New tracks put in as necessary

The service life of tracks depends on the type of route section. Straight tracks may serve for 30 years, while curving tracks serve no longer than 15 years.

The service life of switches depends on traffic volumes: busy network sections wear out switches fastest, and switches are replaced every few years. Switches on less used sections can last for up to 25 years.

The track work is designed and managed by Helsinki City Transport HKL with the goal of minimal interference with the regular tram and motor vehicle traffic. As possible, track work will also be carried out at nighttime with certain restrictions. City regulations limit noisy nighttime work to two nights per week. Track work will be timed to coincide with other municipal infrastructure projects such as those on water distribution, sewer and district heating networks.

See the summer track work sites and timetables on the map: www.hkl.fi > Tämä on HKL > HKL rakentaa > Ratatyömaat > Ratatyökartta.

 

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:47

Ten entries for Pasila High-Rise Area Competition

Ten entries were submitted for the first phase of the Helsinki High-Rise Design–build Competition. The purpose of the Competition is to choose a high-quality plan for the implementation of the Pasila high-rise area. The first phase of the competition ended on 16 May.

 – Ten entries is a rather good number for such a comprehensive and demanding object. It tells that Helsinki and Pasila are attractive development objects. It is also a sign of the fact that big investments are interesting, says Executive Director Mikko Aho at the City of Helsinki.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 12:47

Highest numbers of housing starts and completed units in ten years

The numbers of housing starts and completed housing units in Helsinki hit record highs in January-March this year: the numbers were the highest recorded in the past ten years. Thus the number of housing units under construction remained at a high level. However, the number of building permits granted was exceptionally low.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:21

World’s first comprehensive city-wide air quality system will be built to Helsinki Region in Finland

World’s best experts to build a unique air quality IoT system to Helsinki. 

The amount of measurement points will at least double in the Helsinki region as a new supplementary air quality network of Vaisala and Pegasor sensors will be installed during the next year. The new system will enable agile and economical way to gather new information about the air quality of the Finnish capital city region.

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:20

Plan for Central Pasila railway yard blocks presented to City Council

The blocks of a former railway yard in Central Pasila – Keski-Pasila – will be redeveloped into a dense and an inner-city like residential area, according to a proposed detailed plan for the area, which includes homes to 3,200 residents, about 1,000 jobs, a school and a day care centre.