The traffic links in Mellunkylä are smooth both with public transport and with private car. The metro and fluent transport links to the metro station make it easier to travel in all directions. In the future, Mellunkylä's accessibility will be further improved, when the Vantaa Tram and the other large traffic projects proceed.

Traffic links improve

In the upcoming decades, Mellunkylä’s traffic links will become increasingly diverse. It is easier to use public transport and the commute times and travel times to hobbies will become shorter. The developing traffic links attract new residents and companies. The major traffic projects increase investments, such as housing construction and service production.

One of the most important traffic projects is the planned Vantaa Tram from Mellunmäki via Tikkurila to the airport. The passengers can take the tram approximately at the end of the 2020s.

Another project that improves the accesibility of Mellunkylä is the Jokeri 2 Light Rail, which, if realised, would replace the trunk bus route 560. Extending the east metro would also be a possibility in the long run. If realised, it would considerably improve the transport links of Mellunkylä.

The Vantaa light rail

A tramline of about 20 kilometres is being planned in Vantaa. Around 500 metres of the route will be on Helsinki’s side. Its terminal point is close to the Mellunmäki metro station. The tram route runs through Länsimäki, Hakunila and Tikkurila to Aviapolis and the airport. The headway will be 5 minutes during rush hours and 10–20 minutes during other times.

At the earliest, the construction works can start in 2023, which would mean that the tram could be in use in 2028. In the first phase, the Vantaa light rail will be realised as the trunk bus route 570, which starts service in autumn 2021. The trunk bus route replaces the route 562 on largely the same route and stopping on approximately every other stop.

The Jokeri 2 Light Rail

The trunk bus route 560, or the Jokeri 2, will be replaced by a light rail in the future. At the moment, the planned route of the Jokeri 2 Light Rail is Vuosaari – Mellunmäki – Kontula – Malmi – Tuomarinkylä – Paloheinä – Kuninkaantammi – Myyrmäki. Jobs and a lot of recreation areas are located along the route of the Jokeri 2 Light Rail.

If the tram line is constructed, it can be done in the 2030s at the earliest. It is also possible that the route is constructed in phases. In that case, part of the route would be a light rail and part a trunk bus route until the light rail is completed.

Metro to Östersundom

Extending the metro eastward to Östersundom is a possibility in the future. One option is to extend the metro track from Mellunmäki. There would be two new metro stations in Vantaa, three in Helsinki and one in Sipoo. There are several alternatives for the route of the track. The construction of the metro track could start around 2030 at the earliest.

The alternative of a light rail track to Östersundom has also been studied. It would then be a direct extension to the Jokeri light rail.

Ilmasilta

Ilmasilta (prev. (Tattarisilta) is an interchange planned between Lahdenväylä, Ring I and Porvoonväylä, which connects Kivikonlaita and Tattariharjuntie with each other. The interchange improves the access to Tattarisuo and the Kivikko industrial area remarkably. The bridge forms a new pedestrian and cycling route between Malmi and Kivikko as well.  The construction of the Jokeri 2 Light Rail makes the Ilmasilta a necessity in light of the current plans.

The schedule for the construction of the bridge has not been set.

Current transport links and park-and-ride

Mellunkylä offers good transport links not only with public transport, but with private cars as well. From Mellunmäki and Kontula, the metro runs to the centre of Helsinki and even Espoo, while the feeder buses offer a range of destinations. The main roads, such as Ring I, Lahdenväylä, Porvoonväylä and Ring III are just a couple of kilometres from Mellunkylä.

Public transport travellers can use the park-and-ride for bikes or cars, the areas reserved for that are close to metro stations and bus stops.

Updated 3.4.2020