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.

 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:35

Hakaniemenranta idea competition entries displayed online and at Laituri

The planning of the Hakaniemenranta area of Helsinki proceeds with an idea competition. All competition entries are now on display and can be commented on until 28 February in the City of Helsinki online feedback service kerrokantasi.hel.fi. 

The competition entries can also be seen until 23 February at the information and exhibition space Laituri at Narinkka 2 in Kamppi.

The feedback on the ideas for Hakaniemenranta will be compiled for use by the competition jury. The jury will select the winner in the spring.

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:12

Karting, Latin dance and technology – a second city underground

Increasingly versatile spaces are situated in a Helsinki that is getting more densely built over time. Thanks to underground building, building land above ground is spared for other purposes.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:42

Partial city plan for Hernesaari

The City Council has approved a partial city plan – a strategic long-term land use plan – for the Hernesaari waterfront area and surrounding sea areas south of Matalasalmenkuja. The new plan enables the necessary town planning to assign housing, jobs, harbour operations and parks to Hernesaari. The plan includes one new quay for cruise ships in addition to the current two quays. Plans for the marina include operations related to boat maintenance and storage as well as a guest marina.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:38

The Port of Helsinki takes the top spot among European passenger ports

Helsinki is the number one general port for international freight traffic in Finland