More than 150,000 people pass daily through the colourful and historical junction of the eastern inner city of Helsinki.

The centre of the eastern inner city and traffic

The Hakaniemi metro station is used by around 14,000 passengers every day. Passing through Hakaniemi, there are more than 1,000 trams per day and more than 3,000 buses per day, with 15,500 passengers and 41,000 passengers respectively. In total, there are approximately 161,500 public transport passengers per day passing through Hakaniemi.

In the future, Hakaniemi’s importance as a junction for public transport will increase significantly. The Helsinki City Rail Loop connects Hakaniemi to the Helsinki Airport and to the national railroad network. On a local level, the Helsinki City Rail Loop improves the services towards Töölö and Pasila, bringing 80,000 new public transport users to the area.

The Crown Bridges light rail line runs from the Laajasalo direction, via Nihti to Hakaniemenranta, from where it continues towards the city centre. The light rail stops in Hakaniemenranta are located on the southern side of Merihaka and Hakaniemi market square. It has been estimated that the Crown Bridges light rail brings around 20,000-25,000 new passengers to the area.

The expanding metro service connects Hakaniemi to the local centres of Espoo, thanks to the West Metro. The possibility of a stop for a regular waterway service is also investigated.

Reconstruction of Hämeentie

The major renovation of Hämeentie is underway and it will be completed at the end of 2020. The aim is that the conditions for public transport and cycling will be improved on Hämeentie. Driving to plots and service traffic will be allowed in the future as well.

This means faster public transport services – the tram drives the distance between Kurvi and Hakaniemi market square in almost half the time. This will also improve the air quality and comfort, when walking and cycling become safer.

More information on how the renovation proceeds can be found on the Facebook page.

Hakaniemi bridge

A new Hakaniemi Bridge is constructed in 2021-2024, after which the old bridge will be demolished. The new bridge is lower and it improves the conditions for walking and cycling. The lower bridge solution will also enable the connection of the bridge to the street network without ramps, which makes the car traffic conditions in the area clearer.  In the areas left vacant by the ramp areas and partly on the soil fillings, there is space for infill construction and new public waterfront.

The clearance below the new Hakaniemi Bridge is 5.0 meters from the current mean water level, which enables the master plan's goal concerning the regular waterway service in connection to the public transport at Hakaniemi market square. The operating conditions for waterway transport entrepreneurs and the archipelago maintenance are improved.

Crown Bridges

The Crown Bridges project connects Laajasalo and Kalasatama via Hakaniemi to the city centre by means of a 10-kilometre tramline. At the same time, it creates a new maritime route for cyclists and pedestrians as well.

The most visible parts of the project are the three new bridges: Kruunuvuori Bridge, Finke Bridge and Merihaka Bridge. The Kruunuvuori Bridge will be Finland’s longest bridge at around 1,200 meters. The Kruunusillat alliance’s project also includes the construction of the Hakaniemi Bridge, and the demolition of the old bridge.

The construction work will start approximately in 2021. The current goal for the completion is in 2026, but the schedule will be elaborated in 2021.

Further info: www.kruunusillat.fi

Cycling neighbourhood

The city-wide main cycling superhighway Baana has been planned to run in the east-west direction through the area. Baana is marked out via the Nihti–Merihaka bridge connection to Hakaniemenranta. At the Hakaniemenranta underpass, Baana changes to the other side of the street, to avoid a crossing with the lively car traffic stream. The crossing of Siltavuorensalmi happens along the Hakaniemi Bridge and the route continues towards the city centre at Siltavuorenranta.

The new street routings also enable a new cycleway on the east side of Merihaankatu and Sörnäisten rantatie, by which the north-south cycle traffic becomes more fluent and the continuation of the routes improves. Special attention is also paid to the usability of the north-south cycle traffic between Hämeentie and Unioninkatu.

Updated 24.2.2020