There are delays in metro transit today, as the Helsinki City Transport HKL is test-driving the western metro extension (Länsimetro) from Ruoholahti to Espoo.
HKL reports that the schedule is delayed a few minutes but passengers are already reporting delays of as much as 15 minutes.
All passengers must depart the metro at Ruoholahti station. There will be new screens at the platform that have been marked as “koekäytössä,” meaning that they are in test use. The other screens have been turned off.
Even though test drives have been conducted before, this is the first time that the metro is driving the Länsimetro stretch to Espoo during the regular operating hours.
According to HKL, it’s most important that the passengers depart the metro in Ruoholahti at the latest. The metro carriages will be inspected to ensure this.
The schedule for HKL to allow metro traffic to commence on the west metro section will be confirmed later.
The metro in the Helsinki metropolitan area is set to continue from Ruoholahti via Lauttasaari to Espoo. In the first phase, a rail line of 14 kilometers from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä will be completed including eight new stations. Koivusaari and Lauttasaari stations will be located in Helsinki. Keilaniemi, Aalto University, Tapiola, Urheilupuisto, Niittykumpu and Matinkylä will be located in Espoo.
The Matinkylä–Kivenlahti stretch of the west metro will be the next construction phase consisting of seven kilometers. New stations will be Finnoo, Kaitaa, Soukka, Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti. The entire line from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti will be completed in 2020 at the earliest.