HSL aims to keep the current Espoo bus routes until the end of the year
A revised West Metro deployment plan will be completed on 30 June. HSL is planning to keep most of the current bus routes running in Espoo and Kirkkonummi until the end of the year. An updated project schedule will also be available at the end of June. On the basis of the schedule, HSL will decide when the Metro line will be opened for passenger traffic.
HSL aims to organize bus services in Espoo and Kirkkonummi so that the services would mostly operate as at present also after 15 August. Since last week, HSL has been negotiating with bus companies on the operation of the services. In Lauttasaari, the aim is to provide direct links to the city center but not all current bus routes will be operated.
No final agreements have been reached with bus operators because negotiations on prices are still in progress. However, it is clear that the routes operating from 15 August will be operated at least until the end of the year.
“From the point of view of customers, service provision and passenger information, the best solution would be that as many current routes as possible would continue operating. Customers would not have to learn new temporary bus routes and planners would not have to create them from zero. We hope to reach agreement with bus operators during this and the next week,” says HSL Executive Director Suvi Rihtniemi.
Full bus timetables will be available in the Journey Planner and at HSL.fi by the beginning of August.
Construction works on stations continue – revised deployment plan to be completed at the end of June
Construction works on stations continue along with test runs and testing of technical systems at stations. The revised project deployment plan will be completed on 30 June. An updated project schedule will also be available on that date. On the basis of the new schedule, HSL will decide when the new Metro line will be opened to passenger traffic.
The delay in the opening of the West Metro has to do with the completion of construction and technical works and delayed test runs and testing of devices and systems. To test the various systems together, all systems have to be installed and tested separately first.
“The common goal for all participants in the project is to open a safe, functioning Metro line to traffic as soon as possible,” says the CEO of Länsimetro Oy Matti Kokkinen.
Metro services will operate at more frequent 2.5-minute headways from 15 August. Services will operate on two lines (Kamppi-Mellunmäki and Ruoholahti-Vuosaari) so that the trains will run every 2.5 minutes on the joint section of the lines between Kamppi and Itäkeskus at peak times.