The new bus network to be introduced in North Espoo and Leppävaara on 12 August 2019 will not significantly change public transport in the area: feeder services to Leppävaara and Espoo stations will continue to form the backbone of the public transport network in the area, with frequent direct bus services running via Meilahti to Elielinaukio in Helsinki.
Upgrading the bus network
The new route network means upgrading the bus network in North Espoo. The network is simplified by reducing the number of different route versions, routes will be more direct and the route network will be better integrated with public transport services in South Espoo. In South Espoo, public transport services underwent a major overhaul with the extension of the metro line and switch to feeder bus services early last year.
The new route network will enable improved public transport service in areas with the highest demand. Where possible, services on different routes will be concentrated on shared sections of route or main roads, with more frequent services. These sections of route are called public transport quality corridors.
These quality corridors will be formed, for example, from Elielinaukio to Leppävaara and Espoon keskus; from Leppävaara to Meilahti, Lintuvaara, Uusmäki, Viherlaakso, Järvenperä, Vanhakartano, Jupperi and Lähderanta; and from Espoon keskus to Miilukorpi and Karhusuo.
In addition, some bus routes will be renumbered and some routes will be withdrawn. The new route network in North Espoo and Leppävaara also includes some old routes which will remain unchanged. Changes to the public transport service level will be relatively small and in many areas the level of service will improve.
Residents involved in the planning of the route network
Planning of the new route network started in autumn 2017, and HSL provided information about the progress of planning on a blog opened for that purpose. In October/November 2017, HSL conducted an online travel survey for people living and working in the area to identify the most important mobility needs. Nearly 4,000 people responded to the survey.
The first draft of the route network was published in early December. The draft was then revised based on customer feedback. A revised draft was published in February 2018, and the HSL Executive Board approved the new route network on 27 March 2018.
Why a new bus network for North Espoo and Leppävaara?
A step into modern times
The previous major changes to the route network in Leppävaara were made in 2002 and since then, public transport and the surrounding urban structure have changed a great deal. At the same time, bus services will become more regular and the route network more clear.
In the footsteps of South Espoo
The extension of the metro line to Matinkylä and the introduction of new bus routes in January 2018 changes public transport in South Espoo, improved crosstown transport services in Espoo and also affected Central Espoo. The new route network in North Espoo and Leppävaara will reduce services overlapping each other.
Expanding trunk route network
HSL’s trunk route network - the metro, commuter trains and trunk bus routes - has expanded and will continue to expand in the coming years. A new trunk bus route, 200, will start running between Elielinaukio, Leppävaara and Espoon keskus. From autumn 2019, bus 235 will operate the route of the future trunk route.
Towards a light rail link
A new light rail link will improve public transport links in the Leppävaara area, in particular in Perkkaa and Vermo. The new rail line is due to be completed in early 2020s. It will replace trunk bus 550.