Eight new stations. Eight new stations have been opened on 18 November 2017, two in Helsinki and six in Espoo. The new line runs entirely underground. The opening of the new metro line has major impacts on bus services.
More frequent service. At peak times, the Metro runs between Tapiola and Itäkeskus every two and half minutes. A more frequent service at 2.5-minute intervals started to operate between Itäkeskus and Kamppi already in August 2016.
Two Metro lines. There are two Metro lines: Matinkylä-Vuosaari and Tapiola-Mellunmäki. In the east, every other train runs to Mellunmäki and every other to Vuosaari. In Espoo, every other train turns around at Tapiola and every other continues to Matinkylä.
Eight new stations
Eight new Metro stations have been opened: Lauttasaari, Koivusaari, Keilaniemi, Aalto University, Tapiola, Urheilupuisto, Niittykumpu and Matinkylä. All station entrances are wheelchair accessible. Passenger safety has been a key consideration in the design of the stations. In addition, each station has a specific architectural theme that reflects the overground surroundings of the station.
The new Metro line runs entirely underground. You can read more about the new stations on the HKL website.
Illustration: Aalto University Metro Station. Picture: Arkkitehtitoimistot ALA Oy + Esa Piiroinen Oy / Länsimetro Oy
This is how the Metro will operate
The Metro will operate two lines: Matinkylä–Vuosaari and Tapiola–Mellunmäki. Metro service will be more frequent than at present: on the joint section of route, trains will run every 2 and half minutes Monday to Friday at peak times. The operating hours will be about the same as at present. Service will begin at about 5am Monday to Friday and Saturdays, on Sundays at 6am and end around 11.30pm.
(Matinkylä-Vuosaari ja Tapiola-Mellunmäki)
|Mon-Fri peak time||5 min||2.5 min|
|Saturdays and Mon-Fri daytime||7.5 min||3-4 min|
|Evenings and Sundays||10 min||5 min|
Examples of journey times:
Rautatientori-Aalto University 12 minutes
Rautatientori-Tapiola 14 minutes
Rautatientori-Matinkylä 19 minutes
Sörnäinen-Lauttasaari 9 minutes
More compact urban structure
Although the Metro runs underground, is has a major impact on what happens overground. In South Espoo, the Metro will mean a significantly more compact urban structure around the Metro stations. Large construction projects are underway in the surroundings of almost every new station. The more compact urban structure enables more eco-friendly travel with the trip chains of an increasing number of people consisting of walking or cycling and the Metro.
For example, there will be a lot of new construction in the surroundings of Keilaniemi station. Illustration: ALA ARKKITEHDIT / Länsimetro Oy
Construction work around the Metro stations will in many places continue also after the line has been opened. One of these stations is Tapiola, which is a key feeder bus terminal point in Espoo along with Matinkylä. The Tapiola bus terminal will be completed at the end of 2018, until when buses will leave from Pohjantie and Tapionaukio.
Park & Ride
Park & Ride facilities for cars and bikes will be constructed at several stations. The number of Park & Ride spaces will further increase when the areas around the stations are completed.
Park & Ride spaces for bicycles will be constructed, for example, next to the entrances to Matinkylä Metro Station. Illustration: Arkkitehtitoimisto HKP Oy / Länsimetro Oy
West Metro is a cooperation of several parties
The Metro extension project involves several parties. HSL is responsible for the planning of Metro and feeder bus services and the changes made when the new line opens. The company responsible for the construction of the line is Länsimetro Oy, established in 2007. The company’s task is to construct the Metro line together with the stations from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä and Kivenlahti. The City of Espoo owns about 87 per cent of the company and the City of Helsinki about 15 per cent. Helsinki City Transport (HKL) is responsible for the operation of the Metro services and maintenance of infrastructure.
The city councils of Helsinki and Espoo approved the construction of the West Metro in May 2008 and the construction started in Ruoholahti, Helsinki in November 2009. The construction got into full swing in 2010 after the Supreme Administrative Court had rejected complaints over the underground plan for the Metro tunnels and stations.
The West Metro is a cooperation between the cities of Helsinki and Espoo and the State. The State pays 30 per cent of the construction costs and the rest is divided between by the two cities on the basis of the construction costs in each city. The final cost estimate for the project is 1,024 million euros.
More to come
In future, the Metro line will be extended from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti. The new section of line will be seven kilometers long with five new stations and it will open in the 2020's. The construction of the second phase of the West Metro has already started. The second phase includes also the construction of a new underground Metro depot in Sammalvuori.
This tunnel goes to the construction site of the Soukka Metro Station. The Soukka station is one of the stations to be opened in the second phase in the 2020's.