GALLERY: Länsimetro – Green Light for Metro Trains?

The western metro extension in Helsinki - Länsimetro - could be up and running soon. Read the latest and see our exclusive photo gallery.

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At the station entrance

It’s been plagued by delays and cost over-runs. But could there finally be light at the end of the tunnel for Helsinki’s western metro extension Länsimetro?

On Tuesday it seemed like more delays might be on the cards, after a problem with unfinished control systems. You can learn more in our video here.

But now Helsingin kaupungin liikennelaitos HKL – the company that is responsible for running the metro, as well as construction and maintenance of track, stations and depots – says that metro trains can begin “no earlier than the end of September” – meaning possibly October.

It’s been plagued by delays and cost over-runs. But could there finally be light at the end of the tunnel for Helsinki’s western metro extension Länsimetro?

On Tuesday it seemed like more delays might be on the cards, after a problem with unfinished control systems. You can learn more in our video here.

But now Helsingin kaupungin liikennelaitos HKL – the company that is responsible for running the metro, as well as construction and maintenance of track, stations and depots – says that metro trains can begin “no earlier than the end of September” – meaning possibly October.

The Helsinki Fire Department allowed Länsimetro Oy to hand over two stations at Koivusaari and Lauttasaari for use by HKL. And Western Uusimaa Fire Department had granted a similar permit for the six Espoo stations last Friday.

Control systems for use by HKL have been tested and will be available, on current estimates, over the course of the next week.

And it’s a mammoth tastk. The Herttoniemi control room handles all the functions of the current metro system and the new Länsimetro tracks. The systems contain about 50,000 controlled units and will conduct 27,000 planned maintenance and inspection measures every year.