The demolition of the old Maaherrantie railway bridge will start in March 2021 and trunk route 550 will be diverted. The Oulunkylä station, Verämäki and Viikinmäki bus stops on Maaherrantie will not be served.
Maaherrantie will be closed to traffic until the new light rail line starts operating. Once the works are completed, the street will be for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists only. In other words, buses will not return to Maaherrantie.
When planning the diversion routes, the aim has been to ensure smooth running of public transport services but also to ensure the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, the changes to the traffic arrangements mean that some direct journeys will require transfers or alternatively, walking distances will increase.
Major construction work to the east of Oulunkylä station will also affect walking routes in the area. For example, the underpass at the northern end of the station will be demolished. The works will begin in March on the Larin Kyöstin tie side of the underpass. Pedestrian and cycle access will be via Oulunkyläntie for about three months.
Buses cannot return to Maaherrantie even after the construction is complete and before light rail traffic starts operating. The entire light rail section of Maaherrantie will have tracks on crushed stone or grass, which cars cannot traverse. The light rail line will start operating in June 2024.