The Helsinki City Board has approved the proposed detailed plan solution for Hakaniemenranta to be considered by the City Council. The City Board is also proposing to the City Council that the City of Helsinki should join as a shareholder the project development company implementing project planning for a rail connection between Helsinki and Turku. The City Board made the decisions at its meeting of 16 March.
The Hakaniemenranta detailed plan and detailed plan alteration in question relate to areas in Hakaniemenranta and Siltavuorenranta, the city block of the Finnish National Agency for Education, and street, park and water areas in the city districts of Sörnäinen, Kallio and Kruununhaka.
The detailed plan solution makes it possible to implement the Kruunusillat light rail connection from Kalasatama via Hakaniemi towards the city centre as well as the revised routing of the new Hakaniemi bridge (Hakaniemensilta). Furthermore, the area will be developed with new public waterfront and infill construction.
The goal of the detailed plan solution is to create new and high-quality, versatile public places at the sea in the Hakaniemi neighbourhood. The goal is to strengthen the distinctive features and appeal of Hakaniemi as well as the area’s status as a part of the urban structure of the Helsinki city centre.
The City Board decided at its meeting of 16 March to propose to the City Council that the City of Helsinki should join as a shareholder the project development company Turun Tunnin Juna Oy (the company name translates as “the one-hour train of Turku”), which implements project planning for a rail connection between Helsinki and Turku. In addition, the City Board proposes to the City Council that the City should join the project development company Suomi-Rata Oy, which implements project planning for a rail connection between Helsinki and Tampere.
According to the proposal, the City would subscribe to shares in the Turku railway development company to be founded, or would otherwise inject capital into the company, by the total amount of no more than 5.9 million euros, and the City would support the Tampere railway development company by 24 million euros.
According to the City Board proposal, the call for sustainable development, the battle against climate change and economic conditions require comprehensive change in mobility and logistics. Needs for change and for improvements in fast rail connections are also intensified by urbanization, which has accelerated in the 2000s and is focused in easy-to-reach university cities at both national and international levels.
The decisions of the City Board meeting of 16 March are posted on the decisionsrelease page. A release on decisions is posted on the page until minutes are issued. All City Board meeting agendas and minutes are available here. All documents are in Finnish.