HELRA Helsinki Railway Yard

Ongoing project

The Finnish Transport Agency’s project to improve the functionality and efficiency of Helsinki railway yard (HELRA) is part of the more extensive development of the railway network in southern Finland. 

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Pekka Rautoja

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Helsinki railway yard

The Finnish Transport Agency’s project to improve the functionality and efficiency of Helsinki railway yard (HELRA) is part of the more extensive development of the railway network in southern Finland.

The project comprises reorganising of the track layout of Helsinki railway yard so that it better meets the needs of the growing traffic volumes. The HELRA project aims to improve the efficiency of Helsinki railway yard and reduce the vulnerability to disruptions.

Upon completion, the train capacity between Helsinki and Pasila may be increased from 74 trains to nearly 90 trains per hour. This means an increase of 200 trains per day.

The construction schedule of the railway yard is linked to the building schedule and progress of the Central Pasila Tower Area and the Pasila western additional track. The construction of the HELRA project started in 2016, and the project will be completed by the end of 2020.

Eight turnout connections were installed in the HELRA project during the period 2016–¬2017, which improved the flexibility of traffic control in the railway yard. The functionality of the security system device was renewed on the outermost tracks of the railway yard in the summer of 2018. The midmost tracks will be improved in 2019, and the reorganisation of the railway layout and safety device updates of the western additional track in Pasila will be carried out in 2020.

The aim is to minimise all interruptions and traffic impacts due to the construction through advance planning. A large part of the working phases for the track change can be carried out during off-peak hours.

Construction planning from 2015 to 2018
Construction started in 2016
The changed model for the railway layout will be completed in 2020, but it is linked to the schedule of the western additional track in Pasila.

The estimated cost for the changed layout of the railway yard is approx. 60 million euro. The construction planning will receive TEN-T financing.

Significant disruptions to commuter train services 25.6–4.8.

Some of the train services will not run between Helsinki and Pasila during the daytime

Track works to improve the functionality and efficiency of Helsinki railway yard will affect Helsinki Region Transport’s (HSL) commuter train services from June to August 2018. The outermost track pairs in the railway yard will alternately be taken out of service. These track works will affect the departure tracks in Pasila. More detailed information about the changed timetables will be available at a later date via HSL’s Journey Planner (www.reittiopas.fi) and VR’s search function (www.vr.fi).

The first phase of the Helsinki rail yard improvement project will affect HSL’s commuter train services
25 June - 16 July. The works will affect K, N, I and P trains. Some trains will not run between Helsinki and Pasila during the daytime. In addition, there will be changes to departure tracks at Pasila station and passengers are advised to check their platform at the station. Night services, othercommuter trains and long-distance trains will run as usual.

Changes to commuter train services 25 June - 16 July
Major disruptions to I, P, K and N trains

K trains:
K trains will leave from and terminate at Pasila. K trains will not run between Helsinki and Pasila.

N trains:
N trains will leave from and terminate at Pasila during the daytime. N trains will not run between Helsinki and Pasila during the daytime.

  • From Monday to Friday, N trains will leave from Pasila 6am-8.02pm
    N trains from Kerava 5.59am-8.59pm will terminate at Pasila.
  • On Saturdays, N trains will leave from Pasila 8.12am-8.02pm.
    N trains from Kerava 7.29am-8.59pm will terminate at Pasila.
  • On Sundays, N trains will leave from Pasila 11.12am-7.47pm.
    N trains from Kerava 10.29am-8.59pm will terminate at Pasila.

I and P trains to/from Helsinki Airport:
Only I trains will run the airport to Helsinki. P trains will run from Helsinki to the airport.

  • From Monday to Friday, I trains will leave from Pasila 7.06am-9.40pm
    P trains from Helsinki Airport 5.31am-7.11pm will terminate at Pasila.
  • On Saturdays, I trains will leave from Pasila 8.21am-9.40pm.
    P trains from Helsinki Airport 7.56am-7.11pm will terminate at Pasila.
  • On Sundays, I trains will leave from Pasila 11.06am-9.40pm.
    P trains from Helsinki Airport 10.41am-7.11pm will terminate at Pasila.

Changes to commuter train services 18 July - 4 August  
Major disruptions to L, A, P and I-trains 

The second phase of the Helsinki rail yard improvement project will affect HSL’s commuter train services 18 July - 4 August. The works will affect I, P, L and A trains. Some trains will not run between Helsinki and Pasila during the daytime. There will be changes to departure tracks at Pasila station and passengers are advised to check their platform at the station. Night services, other commuter trains and long-distance trains will run as usual.

  • A and L trains will not stop at Ilmala.
  • P trains via Myyrmäki to Helsinki airport will leave from Pasila during the daytime.
  • I trains from Helsinki airport via Myyrmäki will terminate to Pasila.
  • P and I trains will not stop at Ilmala during the night service.

I and P trains to/from Helsinki Airport:
Only P trains will run from the airport via Tikkurila to Helsinki. I trains will run from Helsinki via Tikkurila to the airport.

  • From Monday to Friday, P trains will leave from Pasila 6.08am-9.57pm.
    I trains from Helsinki Airport 5.14am-9.19pm will terminate at Pasila.
  • On Saturdays, P trains will leave from Pasila 8.08am-9.57pm.
    I trains from Helsinki Airport 7.34am-9.19pm will terminate at Pasila.
  • On Sundays, P trains will leave from Pasila 10.23am-9.57pm.
    I trains from Helsinki Airport 9.44am-9.19pm will terminate at Pasila.


A and L trains:
A trains will operate a reduced service, running between Helsinki and Leppävaara every 30 minutes. A and L trains will not stop at Ilmala. Passengers going to Ilmala can change to an I or P train at Huopalahti or Pasila, for example. At night, bus 23 or 23N runs from Pasila to Ilmala.

Enquiries about the service disruptions:     
Helsinki Region Transport (HSL), Joona Packalen, joona.packalen@hsl.fi, phone 040 573 1283
VR Lähiliikenne, VR Group mediadesk, viestinta@vr.fi, phone 0307 0123

Enquiries about the HELRA project: 
Finnish Transport Agency, Pekka Rautoja, pekka.rautoja@fta.fi, phone 029 534 3829
 

Page updated 05.09.2018