“The new route is the first step in the route network plan we started to develop in 2013. The plan runs to 2026, when the tramways to Jätkäsaari, Hernesaari and Pasila will be completed. The aim is to strengthen the tram network in downtown Helsinki and integrate tram services to other modes of public transport even more seamlessly,” says Tero Anttila, HSL's Director of Public Transport Planning Department.
When route 5 starts operating, route 4T will be withdrawn. This means there will no longer be tram service from the Lasipalatsi tram stop to the Katajanokka terminal. However, tram 4 will run to Katajanokka as before and the "Vyökatu” tram stop (0413) on Merikasarminkatu is only a few hundred meters walk from the terminal.