Public transport, walking and cycling are future modes of transport in the Helsinki region. Consequently, their level of service needs to be improved. The trunk network, i.e. frequently running rail services and trunk bus services, form the basis of the public transport system. Feeder bus services ensure good transport links also for a wider area.
When new developments are concentrated along good public transport links, the need to travel decreases and a large number of journeys can be made with sustainable modes of transport. These HLJ 2014 policies received wide support in the statements given by municipalities, the state and other stakeholders. The draft plan was circulated for comments together with the Helsinki Region Land Use Plan and Housing Strategy.
“The simultaneous preparation and the related collaboration process were appreciated and considered as an appropriate way to pan the region’s future transport system and land use as well as their integration. It is easy to agree with this view because through the joint preparation we were able to identify regional viewpoints instead of development needs of individual municipalities,” says HSL’s Sini Puntanen.
Money and its availability was a common concern. The large public transport projects in the region, the Ring Rail Line, West Metro, automation of the Metro and trunk route 560, increase the public transport operating and infrastructure costs in the coming years. Long-term development of the transport system requires continuity, investments and guaranteed funding for services.
The Draft Helsinki Region Land Use Plan and Housing Strategy and Draft Transport System Plan are finalized on the basis of the comments received during the early part of 2015.The aim is that the plans are approved by the Executive Board of HSL and Helsinki Region Cooperation Assembly (HSKY) by the end of March 2015.
Once approved, the plans will serve the basis for the Letter of Intent on Land Use, Housing and Transport 2016-2019.