Changes to bus services in Kirkkonummi
The biggest changes are the introduction of a new bus route, 172V, and the extension of the operating hours of bus 173Z. The main aim of the changes is to shorten journey times between Kirkkonummi and Matinkylä. The changes are set to take effect in March.
Uusi linja 172V hoitaa jatkossa linjan 172, Matinkylä (M) - Kantvik, ruuhka-aikojen lähdöt. Linjaa 172V ajetaan Kantvikista Kirkkonummen matkakeskuksen kautta suoraan Gesterbyhyn ja edelleen linjan 172 reittiä Masalan kautta Matinkylän metroasemalle.
The new route 172V will replace the peak time services on route 172, Matinkylä (M) - Kantvik. Bus 172V will run from Kantvik via the Kirkkonummi Travel Center to Gesterby and continue along the route of bus 172 via Masala to Matinkylä Metro Station. Bus 172V will only operate at peak times Monday to Friday every 30 minutes.
Bus 172 will operate outside peak hours Monday to Friday every 30 minutes, replacing route 173. Bus 173V, Matinkylä (M) - Upinniemi, will start to provide also daytime, evening and weekend service. Currently, the route only operates at peak times. The bus will run every 30 minutes at peak times and every 60 minutes outside peak times.
The changes will shorten journey times from Kantvik and Kolsari to Gesterby at peak times, as well as journey times from Kantvik to Matinkylä. Outside peak hours journey times from Kantvik and Upinniemi to Matinkylä will shorten by approximately 20 minutes. Bus 173Z will serve Tolsa also at quiet times. Journeys from Kantvik and Kolsari to Ravals and Lindal will in the future require transfers.
HSL goal is for the changes to take effect on Monday 4 March 2019.
Changes planned together with residents
The municipality of Kirkkonummi asked HSL to make changes to the bus services after the opening of the Metro line to Espoo and changes to the bus routes from Kirkkonummi to Helsinki.
HSL has planned the changes in close cooperation with the municipality and residents of Kirkkonummi. HSL had a blog where residents were able to comment on the planned changes.
In autumn 2018, HSL studied the residents’ travel habits and set up a resident panel to discuss the route network plans.