Frequently asked questions about traffic

This page contains answers to some of the most common questions about traffic. People often ask questions about traffic from the Traffic Planning Unit of the city, even though other parties might be responsible for the issue in question. Answers can be found on the website of each party.

Ring I

Ring I is one of the busiest routes in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.

In the Espoo region, the section between the border of Helsinki and Turunväylä Highway is congested daily in the morning and in the evening.

Information about plans to improve the route is available from the Finnish Transport Agency’s website.

Ring II

Ring II between Länsiväylä Highway and Turuntie was opened in autumn 2000. Traffic volumes on Ring II have continued to increase.

The planning of an extension to Ring II that runs north of Turuntie has begun. More information about the planning process is available from the Finnish Transport Agency’s website. Any inquiries to the City of Espoo Traffic Planning Unit should be directed to Head of Traffic Planning Markku Antinoja, tel. 050 344 8046.

Air traffic
The Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is located in Vantaa, the neighbouring city of Espoo. Particularly the residents of Northern Espoo occasionally suffer from the noise caused by air traffic.

The Finnish airport network and air navigation services are maintained by Finavia, which is a public utility managed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Air traffic is a form of public transportation that causes an environmental strain just like other forms of transport – for example in the form of noise and exhaust discharge.

Aircraft noise is controlled by using the most convenient runways to minimise noise in addition to planning flight routes and managing night flights. International regulations restrict the use of the noisiest aircraft. Noise problems are reduced at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport by choosing suitable takeoff and landing directions. Flight route planning causes significant reductions in noise during takeoff. The possibilities to control noise during landing are limited. Finavia is constantly preparing surveys on the operating aircraft and noise areas. These noise surveys can be browsed on Finavia’s website at https://www.finavia.fi/en/about-finavia/responsibility/environment/noise.

Traffic noise
The City of Espoo and its surrounding municipalities are growing fast, so traffic volumes are inevitably increasing. New residential areas increase the volumes of passenger vehicle traffic. The volumes of heavy traffic will also increase as more goods are transported. These various forms of traffic create noise that residents may find disturbing.

The aim is to restrict traffic volumes that cause noise, or at least the decelerate the growth of such volumes. In practice, this means that the public transportation system is planned and developed so that even more people living or working in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area can use public transportation on their daily commutes.

The traffic noise in new residential areas is prevented by placing buildings and separate noise barriers in the appropriate places. The standard values issued by the Council of State are observed when sizing noise barriers.

The current standard values may be exceeded in old residential areas. Noise control is also carried out in old areas in accordance with the disposable appropriations so that the primary focus is on areas that have many residents who are exposed to severe noise. Noise protection on city streets is carried out on the city’s expense. The state and the municipality contribute to funding in terms of highways managed by the state.

Questions concerning noise protection in pending town plans should be directed to the Traffic Planner of the area in the City Planning Department and more general inquiries to Planning Engineer Jenni Saarelainen, tel. 043 824 5106.

Feedback concerning noise issues in existing residential areas should be directed to the Environment Centre, , tel. 09 8162 3900.

Metro
Information on the Western Metro Extension can be found on the project’s own website at https://www.lansimetro.fi/en/home/. The site allows you to send questions related to the metro or read answers to previous questions. The site also contains the contact details of project personnel.