The project will be implemented as an alliance and the contractor will design and build the infrastructure in collaboration with the city council. The contractor will be appointed in June and will work with the council for a year to develop more detailed plans. The council will then make a final decision on whether to proceed to the construction phase in August 2016.

The shortlisted consortia are:

  • TRALLI: VR Track, YIT Construction, Pöyry, and Ratatek (subcontractor), and
  • TRALA: Lemminkäinen Infra, Rambøll, Alstom, and A-Insinöörit

Construction will be implemented in three phases: Lentävänniemi – city centre (8km), city centre Hervanta (12km) and city centre – TAYS (5km) – although implementation and phasing of construction will be planned in more detail by the alliance.

The total cost of infrastructure for the project including a depot at Hervanta, fare collection and passenger information systems is €245m, around 30% of which is expected to come from the Finnish government. The construction contract will include an option for infrastructure maintenance.

A separate tender will be issued for a contract to supply a fleet of 23 low-floor LRVs.