On Thursday 14 September, Metro trains continue from Ruoholahti westward on the West Metro section of line according to normal timetables. Helsinki City Transport (HKL) is performing the test runs to test the feasibility of the timetables and change of driver before passenger services on the new section of line begin. Passengers must get off at the latest at Ruoholahti. The test runs are the first to be performed on the entire Metro line according to normal timetables. Test runs on the West Metro section have been performed for some time already.
- We will be performing a few test runs like this during September. The test runs are necessary to obtain information about the actual operation of the services, says HKL’s Managing Director Ville Lehmuskoski.
The test runs may affect Metro headways. Passengers are advised to check disruption alerts. The new platform displays are also being tested at the same time. In other words, today the Metro arrival times and destinations are shown on platform displays marked with "koekäytössä" (in test use) stickers. Other platform displays are switched off.
On the test run days, all trains from Vuosaari and Mellunmäki go to Ruoholahti. From Ruoholahti, the trains continue without passengers on the new section of line, turn around and again continue from Ruoholahti to Vuosaari and Mellunmäki serving passengers.
It is of utmost importance that passengers get off at the latest at Ruoholahti. The West Metro has not yet been opened for passenger services. The trains are checked at Ruoholahti to ensure there are no passengers still on board.