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, October 25, 2017 - 10:58

Online survey launched: What would the National Urban Park of Helsinki be like?

The City of Helsinki is collecting data on the areas and places that residents would like to see included in the potential National Urban Park of Helsinki. The online survey is open to all and will remain available until 17 December 2017.

The survey can be found at https://app.maptionnaire.com/en/3173.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:21

Jätkäsaari to have a sports park

The Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki will have a sports park, according to a Helsinki City Council approval of 11 October for the proposed project plan. The sports park will improve the sports and recreational opportunities of Jätkäsaari residents and serve as a sports ground for local schools. The northern sections of the park can also be used by schools for their recess activities.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:38

New fast route complements Helsinki cycling network

A new fast cycling route now serves Helsinki cyclists. The route ­runs along the main railway tracks. Called Pohjoisbaana in Finnish, the bikeway connects southern and northern cycling routes in Helsinki. It is a part of the network of bicycle superhighways, that is, bikeways with wide lanes and no or few stops, allowing for higher speeds and smoother rides than regular bikeways.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:07

Four groups chosen to continue to the next stage of the Helsinki High-Rise Design-Build Competition

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The change in the city is particularly visible in the former harbour and railway areas, which are now undergoing reconstruction to become homes, commercial spaces and business premises. The transformation offers excellent opportunities for property developers.