Tram network expanded and renovated in summer

Helsinki tram routes will be expanded and older tracks renovated during the summer and autumn of 2017 for the needs of a new tram network to be launched in August. Track work will proceed at about 20 sites.

The new tram network will have 2.8 kilometres of new tracks. The main track work sites will be located on the streets of Välimerenkatu and Reijolankatu.

Tram route 9 will run on Välimerenkatu, instead of Tyynenmerenkatu as it does now, so new tracks are needed. The new tracks on Reijolankatu will serve tram route 3, which will run from Nordenskiöldinkatu via Reijolankatiu to Mannerheimintie.

The new tram network is designed to serve as many residents as possible and to connect seamlessly to other modes of public transport.

The majority of the track work consists of renovations – new tracks and switches. Track renovation work will proceed on Kaivokatu in front of the Ateneum art museum, on Mäkelänkatu and on Paciuksenkatu.

Some of the track work will cause rerouting.

The service life of tracks depends on the type of route section. Straight tracks may serve for 30 years, while curving tracks serve no longer than 15 years.

The service life of switches depends on traffic volumes: busy network sections wear out switches fastest, and switches are replaced every few years. Switches on less used sections can last for up to 25 years.

The track work is designed and managed by Helsinki City Transport HKL with the goal of minimal interference with the regular tram and motor vehicle traffic. As possible, track work will also be carried out at nighttime with certain restrictions. City regulations limit noisy nighttime work to two nights per week. Track work will be timed to coincide with other municipal infrastructure projects such as those on water distribution, sewer and district heating networks.

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