The growing Laajasalo area in eastern Helsinki will soon enjoy improved public transport connections. Ramboll is one of the alliance partners carrying out the project.
The City of Helsinki and Helsinki City Transport (HKL) have selected a group of alliance partners which include Ramboll Finland, NRC Group Finland, Sitowise, and YIT for the Crown Bridges tramway project.
The primary objective of the Crown Bridges project is to provide a quick and reliable transport connection from the growing Laajasalo area to the city centre. The length of the tramway connection will be 10 kilometres. It will run from downtown Helsinki to Laajasalo through Hakaniemi, Sompasaari, and the Helsinki Zoo island Korkeasaari.
The same group of alliance partners is already undertaking the Jokeri Light Rail project, and the Crown Bridges project will be executed under a similar contract model.
The Crown Bridges tramway route has many design points which are already familiar to us – an example being Hakaniemi which is one of the toughest areas of the project. The collective experience of the alliance partners from the Jokeri Light Rail will also benefit the project, as that knowledge and best practices can be utilised in this project, says director Peter Molin from Ramboll.
The City of Helsinki aims to increase sustainable transport's share of all passenger traffic. The Crown Brides project will promote sustainable transport by creating new routes for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. The connection between will also decrease the congestion projected for the eastern branches of the metro system.
The project’s development phase will start in 2019 and last for approximately 1.5 years. During this period, the content and implementation of the entire project will be planned and the target cost and implementation plan will be set. After the development phase, the project owner will make a decision on the transition to the implementation phase.
The construction of the Crown Bridges connection may begin in 2021 with completion targeted for the year 2026. In addition to the construction of the tramway, the alliance contract also involves earthworks, road construction, and municipal engineering.
The total value of the contract for the alliance partners will be between 110 and 370 million euros depending on the number of projects involved.
The group has maintained a very good team spirit over the course of the long and demanding bidding phase. As was intended, the barriers between design and construction have faded quickly. I am very much looking forward to getting down to the real work, says Jukka Rusila, who will oversee the design management and coordination for the project.