Planning begins for Malmi Airport express tramline

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FINLAND: Helsinki City Council has begun the initial planning for a new light rail line to link Malmi Airport and Viiki. The project is designed to encourage housing construction and employment growth in the capital and its north-eastern suburbs.

The new LRT link would connect to the existing tramline at Malmi, as well the Jokeri Light Rail Project, due to open in 2024. The studies will include consideration of connections to the future Tiederatikka – Jokeri Light Rail 2 and Vantaa tram systems.

It is yet to be confirmed if the northern end of the line will run to either Malmi station or Jakomäki in the Suurmetsä neighbourhood, further to the north-east. The two route options are not mutually exclusive, but are likely to involve two separate developments, depending on the availability of land close to the planned alignments.

The Viikki-Malmi light rail masterplan is to be completed by the end of the year, with a tentative schedule indicating that works could begin in 2027 for an opening in the early 2030s.