The metro line from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä will open Saturday 18 November 2017.
The metro line from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä is 14 kilometres long. The stations after Ruohonlahti are Lauttasaari and Koivusaari in Helsinki, and Keilaniemi, Aalto University, Tapiola, Urheilupuisto, Niittykumpu and Matinkylä in Espoo.
The first train will leave from Matinkylä to Vuosaari 5:09 am Saturday 18 November.
The Metro will operate on two lines: Matinkylä-Vuosaari and Tapiola-Mellunmäki. In the east, every other train runs to Vuosaari, every other to Mellunmäki, as at present. In Espoo, every other train will turn around from Tapiola and every other will continue to Matinkylä.
On the shared section, between Tapiola and Itäkeskus, the Metro will run every 2.5 minutes. Daytime and early evenings from Monday to Friday and daytime Saturday, trains will run approximately every four minutes. Other times of the day and Sunday, trains will run every five minutes on the shared section.
|Urheilupuisto station. Photo: Timo Ojala
There will be no other changes in the local public transport services yet. Buses in Lauttasaari and Espoo will continue to run as at present until 2 January 2018.
From 3 January 2018, buses via Länsiväylä to Kamppi will be replaced by feeder buses to the metro stations and completely new bus routes will be introduced in southern Espoo. In Lauttasaari, all buses will run to or via the metro station. In addition, there will be changes in the bus traffic in Lehtisaari, Kuusisaari and Kauniainen. From 3 January, regional buses from Kirkkonummi will run to the feeder-bus station in Matinkylä.
The next construction phase will be seven kilometres long and comprise five new stations: Finnoo, Kaitaa, Soukka, Espoonlahti and Kivenlahti. An underground depot will be built in Sammalvuori. The new metro line will thus be 21 kilometres long. All the way it will run underground, in two parallel tunnels.