The changes to the tram network will take effect on Monday 14 August when HSL’s transport services switch to winter timetables. The circular routes 2, 3, 7A and 7B will be replaced by straight routes.
There are no ram changes to the route 4, 5 and 10.
Changes by route:
The route will change and the tram will start to run every day. The new route is: Eira – Fredrikinkatu – Bulevardi – Lasipalatsi – Runeberginkatu – Helsinginkatu – Sörnäinen – Mäkelänkatu – Käpylä. The tram will run every 10 minutes Monday to Friday and Saturdays, on Sundays every 12 minutes.
The route will change in Etu-Töölö and city center. The new route goes via Aleksanterinkatu, Mannerheimintie and Arkadiankatu. The tram will no longer run to Kamppi, but tram 7 will replace the service. The northern terminus will be moved to Länsi-Pasila. There will be no changes to the headways and operating hours.
The northern terminus will be moved to the junction of Mannerheimintie and Kuusitie in autumn 2017 when the new tracks on Reijolankatu are completed. Until then, the tram will temporarily run from Nordenskiöldinkatu to Töölö depot from 14 August 2017. There will be no changes to the headways and operating hours.
Trams 6 and 6T:
On route 6, headways will be lengthened to 10 minutes. Consequently, the tram will have the same headways as tram 7 and the two trams will run along Hämeentie every 5-6 minutes between Sörnäinen and Hakaniemi. In Arabia, the combined service frequency of the trams 6 and 8 will be 5-6 minutes. There are no changes to route 6T.
Trams 7A and 7B will be withdrawn. A new tram route 7 will start running from the West Terminal via Pasila station, Mäkelänkatu, Sörnäinen, Hakaniemi, Kruununhaka, Central Railway Station and Kamppi to West Terminal. Tram 2 will start running from Töölö to Länsi-Pasila.
On route 8, headways will be lengthened to 10 minutes during peak hours. The tram will have the same headways as trams 1 and 6 and on the joint section of route between Töölö and Sörnäinen, the trams will operate a more frequent service than at present, running every 5-6 minutes. Tram routes 6 and 8 will operate with the same headways between Sörnäinen and Arabia.
The southern terminus of the route will be moved from the West Terminal to Saukonpaasi. The tram will start to run along Välimerenkatu.
Why the change?
The Helsinki tram network has remained relatively unchanged since the 1980’s. It is necessary to adjust the network to better serve the changing city and society. As former harbor areas are being turned into residential and employment areas, the need for transport in the city center is growing. In addition, people’s travel habits and values are changing.
The Ring Rail Line and West Metro also affect travel patterns in central Helsinki in the coming years. New rail lines bring in passengers from a wider area, increasing passenger numbers also in the city center. Moreover, the population in the Helsinki region is projected to grow rapidly in the coming years.
Tram passenger numbers are on the rise again. HSL wants to develop tram routes in order for the positive trend to continue and even get stronger.