Changes to commuter train timetables and services from 12 December
Some L, U, I and K train services will be withdrawn from Sunday 12 December due to track work and to deliver cost-savings. There will also be other changes to the timetables of K, P, D, R, Z and T trains.
Some L, U, I and K train services will be withdrawn from Sunday 12 December due to regular track work. Some off peak train services with particularly low ridership will be withdrawn to deliver cost-savings.
The reliability of P and K train services will be improved by timetable changes: from 12 December, the trains will depart from Vantaankoski, Hiekkaharju and Tikkurila one minute later than currently. The change is made to prevent trains from backing up on the main line.
There will also be changes to the timetables for D, R, Z and T trains in late evening and at night. The changes aim to provide more even headways on shared sections.
Changes by train line
Mon-Fri services from Helsinki at 1.03am and from Kirkkonummi at 3.57am will be withdrawn.
With the exception of the early morning train service between Kirkkonummi and Kauklahti, there are alternative bus services available. The train between Kirkkonummi and Kauklahti will not be replaced by other transport services because passenger numbers on the first morning train have been extremely low.
In addition, as of 12 December, the Mon-Fri L train from Kirkkonummi at 4.27am is cancelled between Kirkkonummi and Espoo due to track work. The train will depart from Espoo to Helsinki at 4.43am. Bus 211X will replace the train between Kirkkonummi and Espoo. The bus will depart from Kirkkonummi Travel Center at 3.58am and run to Espoo station via the intermediate stations. The arrangements will remain in place at least until the end of March 2022.
The 7.29am U train from Kirkkonummi will be withdrawn. The next U train at 7.37am will be operated with three train units instead of two.
The combined service frequency of E and U trains will decrease from 8 minutes to 15 minutes at peak times. There will be two U trains and one Y train per hour at peak times from Kirkkonummi to Helsinki.
The Mon-Sun service from Helsinki at 9.51pm will be withdrawn.
The service frequency will be reduced from 15 minutes to 30 minutes from 9.36pm.
K trains from Helsinki at 2.21am and 3.21am and from Kerava at 3.04am and 4.04am on Friday and Saturday nights will be withdrawn.
These trains will run for the last time on the night of Saturday 11 December. Instead, passengers can use T train (runs every 60 minutes) and HSL’s early morning buses.
In addition, trains to Helsinki will depart from Hiekkaharju and Tikkurila one minute later than currently as of midnight on the night Saturday 11 December.
Trains to Helsinki will depart from Vantaankoski, Hiekkaharju and Tikkurila one minute later than currently as of midnight on the night Saturday 11 December.
D, R, Z and T trains
One service operated with low-floor rolling stock will be added between 4pm and 5pm. In addition, the departure time of the low-floor D train will change: the new departume time is 4.10pm. The 3.58pm R train (high floor) will in the future depart at 4.14pm.
There will be changes to late evening R train services due to adjustments to headways of trains to Tampere.
Weekday morning R trains from Helsinki will in the future depart 10 and 40 minutes past the hour. However, the first weekday R train from Helsinki will depart at 4.20am.
- The timetables of T train services operated with low-floor vehicles will be adjusted so that in the future, low-floor T and R trains will run at even headways between Riihimäki and Kerava, at the same minutes past each hour. There will be no changes for high-floor T trains. The changes to the timetables of T trains will take effect on the night of Saturday 11 December at midnight.
There will be changes to the timetables of Z trains in the evening, at night and in the morning. At times when R trains run every 60 minutes, Z and R trains will run at even headways on the shared section.
After the change, R and Z trains will have maximum 30-minute combined headways between Helsinki and Kerava Monday to Thursday 5.10am–0.40am, Friday 5.10am–1.10am, Saturday 6.10–1.10am and Sunday 6.10am–0.40am.
Between Kerava and Helsinki, R and Z trains will have maximum 30-minute combined headways Monday to Friday 5.26am–0.26am and Saturday and Sunday 6.26am–0.26am.
The changes to the timetables of Z trains will take effect on the night of Saturday 11 December at midnight. In other words, on the night of Saturday 11 December/Sunday 12 December, Z trains will depart from Helsinki at 0.10am and 1.10am (no departures at 0.02am and 1.30am) and from Lahti at 0.24am (no departure at 0.29am).