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A rendering of the Artic XL light rail car

Prototype of Helsinki’s future light rail car on display at Cable Factory

Helsinki residents are invited to acquaint themselves with Helsinki’s future light rail car and light rail projects at an exhibition on display at Cable Factory 14–20 June. The exhibition allows visitors to test the light rail car’s seats, see the driver’s compartment, give feedback and learn about the plans of the public transport authority Helsinki Region Transport (HSL). Visitors can learn about the future Jokeri Light Rail and the Crown Bridges projects as well as how Helsinki plans to develop areas on light rail lines. 

The future light rail car of Helsinki, Artic XL, is the big brother of the new Artic tram car now in service in Helsinki. Artic XL is a product of customer-oriented service design. The needs of families with small children and those who move slowly have been some of the key concerns of the designers. The Cable Factory exhibition displays an actual size prototype of the front section of the car. The prototype, which tests the functionality of the design, also shows the blue-and-green colouring of Artic XL. 

The Artic XL light rail car will operate on the future Jokeri Light Rail line, which will replace the current trunk bus line 550 in the next few years. The rail connection from Kruunuvuorenranta and Laajasalo to the city centre over the Crown Bridges will also be operated by the light rail car. Helsinki will be growing and developing fast on both rail lines.  

Helsinki City Transport (HKL), the owner and operator of trams in Helsinki, has ordered 29 Artic XL light rail cars, which are manufactured at the Otanmäki plant of Transtech Ltd (part of the Czech Škoda Transportation Group) in Kajaani, eastern Finland. The first prototype car to be tested in traffic will be launched into Helsinki inner city tram service next year. 

The light rail car exhibition at Cable Factory (kaapelitehdas.fi) offers a rare opportunity to be acquainted with the Helsinki metropolitan area’s future transport connections and the development projects driven by them. The exhibition has been produced jointly by HKL, HSL, the Jokeri Light Rail project, the Crown Bridges project, the City of Helsinki and Transtech Ltd. 

The exhibition opens to the public on Thursday, 14 June at 3 p.m. The hours are 11–19 on weekdays and 12–16 on weekends. The light rail car designers are on hand on the opening day to answer questions from visitors. The opening day programme includes presentations by project experts, and visitors can give feedback. Also on hand on the opening day is public transport mascot Välkky to delight children and the child-minded. 

Read more about the light rail car and projects: 

Jokeri Light Rail line

Crown Bridges

Helsinki New Horizons

Transtech Ltd

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