Disruptions to train services on the Coastal Line in the spring and summer – Westbound train services from Leppävaara to be replaced by buses

Train services on the Coastal Line will be disrupted in the spring and summer due to track work conducted by the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency. There will be disruptions to HSL train services on weekends in May and a longer five-week disruption from 24 June to 28 July. In addition, there will be shorter service disruptions of one or two days later in the autumn. The disruptions will affect commuter train services from Leppävaara towards Kauklahti, Kirkkonummi and Siuntio. Train services will be replaced by buses.

Track work related to the Espoo City Rail Link project of the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency will cause disruptions to train services on the Coastal Line in spring, summer and autumn this year. There will be short service disruptions of about one day in the spring. These will continue in the autumn and there will also be longer service disruptions on weekends. In the summer, services on the Coastal Line will be disrupted for five weeks from 24 June.

During the disruptions, there will be no train services from Leppävaara towards Kauklahti, Kirkkonummi and Siuntio. Train services will be replaced by buses. U, E, L and Y trains will not run. The disruptions will also affect long-distance train services on the Coastal Line.

In the spring, the disruptions will mainly take place on weekends in May and last for a day at a time. In the summer, train services will be disrupted for five weeks from Monday 24 June to Sunday 28 July. There will be further short service disruptions of one to two days in August, mainly on weekends.

The service disruptions will take place as follows:

  • Disruptions in spring 2024
    • Sun 5 May 3am – Mon 6 May 4am 
    • Thu 9 May 3am – Fri 10 May 4am 
    • Sun 19 May 3am – Mon 20 May 4am 
    • Sun 26 May 3am – Mon 27 May 4am
  • Disruption in summer 2024
    • Mon 24 June – Sun 28 July
  • Disruptions in autumn 2024
    • Sat 31 August 3am – Mon 2 September 4am 
    • Sat 7 September 3am – Mon 8 September 4am
    • Sat 14 September 3am –Mon 15 September 4am
    • Sun 22 September 3am – Mon 23 September 4am
    • Sun 29 September 3am – Mon 30 September 4am

 

Train services will be replaced by buses

During the service disruptions, train services from Leppävaara in the direction of Kauklahti, Kirkkonummi and Siuntio will be replaced by buses. Bus 211E will run between Leppävaara and Kauklahti, bus 211U between Leppävaara and Kirkkonummi, and bus 211X between Leppävaara and Siuntio. Buses 211E, 211U and 211X will stop at all intermediate stations or near the stations. In the summer, bus 249Y will run between Leppävaara, Espoon keskus and Kirkkonummi at weekday peak times. Some of the services will run to Siuntio. Bus 213X will provide a fast connection along Turunväylä between Helsinki city center, Koivuhovi, Tuomarila and Espoon keskus.

Replacement buses:

  • 211E Leppävaara–Kauniainen–Espoo–Kauklahti
  • 211U Leppävaara–Kauniainen–Espoo–Kauklahti–Kirkkonummi
  • 211X Leppävaara–Kauniainen–Espoo–Kauklahti–Kirkkonummi–Siuntio
  • 213X Elielinaukio–Turunväylä–Espoo
  • 249Y Leppävaara–Turunväylä–Espoo–Kehä III–Kirkkonummi(–Siuntio) from 24 June

Information about train replacement buses in May is already available in the Journey Planner. The timetables for replacement bus services for the summer will be updated in the Journey Planner during the spring.

 

More frequent train services between Helsinki and Leppävaara

A trains will run between Helsinki and Leppävaara during the service disruptions. The service frequency of A trains will be increased to every 10 minutes on weekdays 6am to 9.30pm, on Saturdays 9am to 9.30pm, and Sundays 10am to 9.30pm. At quiet times such as in the late evening, A trains will run every 20–30 minutes.

 

Other alternative transport links

During the service disruptions on the Coastal Line, other public transport services will run as normal. For example, the metro provides an alternative transport link from Espoo to Helsinki. There are several bus routes providing frequent feeder services to the metro stations. However, it should be noted that metro services between the Kamppi and University of Helsinki metro stations will be disrupted in the summer due to renovation work at the Central Railway Station.

Other transport links during the train service disruptions:

  • Frequent bus services to the metro stations
    • Buses 548 and 549 from Kauniainen to Tapiola
    • Bus 118 from Espoon keskus and Tuomarila to Niittykumpu and  Tapiola 
    • Trunk bus route 530 from Espoon keskus via Finnoo to Matinkylä
    • Buses 171, 173 and 173Z from Kirkkonummi to Matinkylä
    • Buses 162 and 165 from Kauklahti via Saunalahti to Espoonlahti
  • Trunk bus route 200 runs along Turuntie from Espoon keskus via Leppävaara to Helsinki city center

 

The project aims to improve the performance of train services

The Espoo City Rail Link project entails the construction of two new tracks between Leppävaara and Kauklahti. Once completed, the rail link will improve the punctuality of commuter train services in Kirkkonummi and Espoo as well as the punctuality of long-distance train services in the direction of Turku. In addition, improvements will be made to the Kilo, Kera, Kauniainen, Koivuhovi, Tuomarila and Kauklahti train stations. The project started in spring 2021 and it is scheduled to be completed in 2028.