Major disruptions for Helsinki’s public transport this weekend

Lots of restrictions and changes to public transport in the capital this weekend - with warnings already that replacement bus services will be overcrowded.

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File picture of Helsinki metro / Credit: News Now Finland

Helsinki’s metro system is facing some major disruptions, with much of the network closed for the whole weekend.

The shutdown already started on Friday evening at 18:99 with the last services between Itäkeskus and Mellunmäki, and between Itäkeskus and Vuosaari.

On Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January the metro will not operate at all east of Lauttasaari. Instead, there will be replacement bus services. The disruption is caused by essential maintenance and engineering works.

During the weekend closures there will be HSL staff at metro stations to help passengers find the right bus stops. In Helsinki city centre, tram number 11 will replace the metro from Salmisaari, via Ruoholahti to Kamppi, Central Railway Station, Helsinki University, Hakaniemi and Sörnäinen to St. Paul’s Church at approximately 10 minute intervals on Saturday, and every 12 minutes on Sunday.

The new Länsimetro line west of Lauttasaari will be running normally this weekend, with trains to Matinkylä every five minutes on both days.

HSL says that passengers should allow extra time for their journeys during the transport disruptions, and cautions that the replacement buses could become crowded, with not enough room for passengers with prams.

Services are planned to be back in operation, and working normally in time for Monday morning’s commute.