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HKL moves to modernise Metro fleets

Published : 02 Dec 2020, 01:14

Updated : 02 Dec 2020, 09:55

  DF Report

Photo: HKL

Helsinki City Transport-HKL has started to modernise and refurbish all Class M100 and Class M200 Metro trains.

The refurbishing work has started with M100 trains and already completed in two trains by this time. The two trains returned to service on 23 November, said the City of Helsinki in a press release on Tuesday.

The Metro train modernisation and refurbishment improves passenger comfort.

The interior of rail cars is being refurbished and equipped with LED lights. Class M100 Metro trains will have more open space, which will make it easier to carry large items such as bicycles on the train.

The passenger information system is being upgraded, the frames of rail cars are being recoated, and driver’s cabs, including new driver’s desks, are being fully modernised.

Improvements in driving ergonomics are based on Metro train drivers’ wishes and needs.

“The passenger cars of M100 trains will have more modern appearance owing to a new light colour. Passenger comfort will improve, for example, with a new open space behind the driver’s cab for bicycles,” said HKL Project Manager Keijo Lahti.

The project involves a total of 39 M100 Metro trains manufactured by Valmet/Strömberg in 1979–1984 and 12 M200 Metro trains manufactured by Bombardier in 2001–2002.

The Metro train modernisation and refurbishment project is carried out by the rolling stock maintenance and modernisation company VR FleetCare.

Rail cars are recoated at VR FleetCare’sPieksämäki machine shop, and other operations are carried out at the Ilmala Metro train depot in Helsinki.

First, all Class M100 Metro trains are modernised and refurbished, after which the project moves on to Class M200 trains. The last modernised and refurbished train will be delivered to HKL in 2023.