The Helsinki metro will be renewed in 2014, upgrading the system to cover the entire metropolitan area. The metro will be equipped with a fully automated control system, platform screen doors, surveillance cameras inside the carriages and platforms will be manned by supervisors, thereby improving public safety on the metro. Toward the end of 2014, traffic will start on a new westward extension from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä in Espoo.
HKL, the organisation responsible for the project, will arrange residents’ meetings where people can familiarise themselves with the plans and ask experts from HKL and HSL for further information. The next meeting will be held on Monday 26th April at 6–7.30pm in the cultural center Stoa in Itäkeskus. The plans will be available for viewing from 5.30pm onwards. The previous meetings ave been held in Vuosaari and Mellunmäki this spring. The meetings are arranged in cooperation with HSL and the residents’ associations. Similar meetings will be held in Herttoniemi and the Hakaniemi-Kallio area in the autumn.
The improvement work will already get underway this spring when the foundation work preceding the actual construction of the platform doors will begin in the Vuosaari station. Trials will begin in Vuosaari during autumn 2010
to ensure that the doors work in practice, year round. The doors will remain in use following the trial period,.
The platform doors are an essential safety measure for the new metro system, preventing access to the tracks. The platform doors will also make the stations more comfortable. The doors will be fitted in all stations during 2013.