April 24, 2017

Three to bid for Helsinki - Espoo light rail contract

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HELSINKI City Transport (HKL) announced on April 24 that three consortia have prequalified for a tender to design and build the Raide-Jokeri light rail line between Helsinki and the neighbouring city of Espoo.

The three bidders include:
• Täyskäsi (Destia, A-Design Engineers, Saanio & Riekkola, Finnmap Infra, Sweco Structural Engineering, Sweco Environment and CJN Architects)
• Raideri (Pöyry Finland, WSP Finland, and Ratatek), and
• A consortium of VR Track, Sito, and Ramboll Finland.

HKL says it expects to finalise a contract with the winning bidder by the end of October.

The 25km line will link Keilaniemi, Otaniemi and Leppävaara in Espoo with Haaga, Pakila, and Oulunkylä in northern Helsinki before terminating at Itäkeskus in the east.

The 33-station line will closely follow the route of Line 550, Helsinki's busiest bus line, with peak services operating at three-minute intervals.

The total budget for the line is €275m excluding rolling stock, with funding coming from the cities of Helsinki and Espoo as well as the Finnish government, which committed €84m to the project in April 2016.

Last November HKL awarded Škoda Transportation’s Finnish subsidiary Transtech a contract to supply 29 Artic low-floor LRVs for the line.

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