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Passengers in a full metro car in Nittykumpu, Espoo, on 9 January, 2018. (Panu Tuunala – Lehtikuva)
Passengers in a full metro car in Nittykumpu, Espoo, on 9 January, 2018. (Panu Tuunala – Lehtikuva)

 

Helsinki Region Transport (HSL), and the Technical and Environment Services of Espoo have been asked to draft measures to address the problems associated with feeder services to the eight new stations added to Helsinki Metro in November.

Jaana Jalonen (NCP), a councillor for the City of Espoo, reveals that answers are expected as soon as next week.

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“We hope that something will be ready as soon as next Monday, when the councillor group convenes. Or at least [we hope] there’s a plan on how to move forward,” she said in an interview with Uusi Suomi on Monday.

One of the options under consideration is to distribute feeder traffic more evenly between the eight new stations instead of directing the bulk of it to Matinkylä, Espoo. A HSL spokesperson revealed last week that up to 40 per cent of the boardings recorded at the new stations have occurred at Matinkylä.

Another option is to increase the frequency of services to the station, as currently every other train operating on the track extension terminates at Tapiola, Espoo, three stations before Matinkylä.

“Matinkylä is a real bottleneck especially at peak hours,” admitted Jalonen.

“We’re currently waiting for an assessment of what can be done. What we want right now are clear-cut options,” she stressed.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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