The City of Espoo has expressed its willingness to consider resuming direct bus services in order to alleviate the problems that have pestered the operations launched on the western extension of Helsinki Metro in November.
Resuming the services, however, is far from free, reminds Helsinki Region Transport (HSL), the joint municipal authority responsible for organising transport services in the capital region.
“The big question is how much is Espoo prepared to pay for [two overlapping systems]. We’re in a negotiating situation,” says Tero Anttila, the director of public transport planning at HSL. “I tried asking about that on Monday, but I’ve yet to get an answer.”
The Espoo City Board’s City Group Division on Monday issued a press release demanding and proposing solutions to a variety of problems associated with the metro operations, such as journey times, the accessibility of schools and health care centres, cross-city services in Espoo and congestions at Matinkylä.
Anttila views that the key question posed in the press release is whether the metro services should be supplemented with direct bus services between Espoo and Helsinki.
“If you create an overlapping [transport] system after commencing services on a metro system consisting of a metro line and feeder lines, it’ll cost quite a lot of money. And it can’t be done overnight,” he said, estimating that the cost of such a system could rise to millions of euros a year.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Teemu Salonen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi