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New light rail system planned for Helsinki

The Viikki-Malmi line will be a new public transport trunk connection from the city centre to Kumpula, Viikki, Latokartano and the Malmi Airport area, and on to Malmi or Jakomäki.

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Viikki-Malmi line will strengthen public transport connections. Image: Voima Graphics/City of Helsinki.
Viikki-Malmi line will strengthen public transport connections. Image: Voima Graphics/City of Helsinki.

The City of Helsinki is preparing a master plan for a new light rail system for North-East Helsinki.

 

The Viikki-Malmi light rail will be a new public transport trunk connection from the city centre to Kumpula, Viikki, Latokartano and the Malmi Airport area, and on to Malmi or Jakomäki.

 

The goal is to increase the proportion of sustainable modes of transport along the route. The light rail will make it possible to partially replace bus traffic to the city centre.

 

The bus lines are being examined as a whole, and the goal is to avoid lowering the current service level. However, there may be changes to some connections.

 

Regional network

 

The light rail will be connected to Helsinki’s current city tram line and form part of the regional light rail network and linked to the upcoming Jokeri light rail and the following regional tram lines being planned: Tiederatikka (Science rail), Jokeri light rail 2 and the Vantaa Tram.

The new Viikki-Malmi light rail line will strengthen the public transport connections of the existing residential areas, serving as an important connection to the Malmi Airport area. The master plan for the Viikki-Malmi light rail examines two route alternatives at the northern end of the section, one of which would go from the Malmi Airport area to Malmi station and the other one to Jakomäki.

 

The route alternatives are not mutually exclusive, but they are likely to be built at different times, depending on the development of land use along the light rail line.

The goal is to increase the proportion of sustainable modes of transport along the route.

The length of the Viikki-Malmi light rail line from Kumpula to the Malmi/Jakomäki final stops will be approximately 11-12 km, and the travel time from the Malmi/Jakomäki final stops to the railway station will be approximately 41-42 minutes.


The light rail will facilitate the construction of new housing, jobs and services relying on the tram line network and along it.


The planning of the Viikki-Malmi project is in its early stages, and the master plan is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The current estimate is that construction of the tram line could start in 2027 and be completed in the early 2030s.

The plans, routes and stops are displayed in the Kerrokantasi online survey and will be open until 14 June 2020.

 

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