VR Track, Pöyry and YIT have signed an agreement with the City of Tampere for the implementation of the Tampere light rail project. The revised cost estimate for the implementation stage is EUR 238.8 million.
The first phase of construction will commence in the first half of 2017 and is expected to last until 2021. During this phase, the new rail line will extend 15 kilometers, from the city centre to Hervanta and to the Central Hospital, and a depot will be constructed in Hervanta.
According to the plans, the second phase of construction will take place in 2021–2024. It will expand the rail network from the city centre to Lentävänniemi.
The project will be implemented using the alliance model, with VR Track, Pöyry and YIT providing the service ordered by the City of Tampere. In the alliance model, the client, designers and contractors co-operate throughout the implementation.
– Alliance partners’ close cooperation and commitment to high objectives of the project from the very beginning have made it possible to implement the tramway. Construction of tramway will be visible in the streets of Tampere, but the implementation plan drawn up together in the development phase and a strongly connected Alliance team will create excellent conditions for the smooth implementation of the project, says Harri Lukkarinen, Managing Director of VR Track.
– The representatives of Tampere, engineers and contractors of the light rail project have worked hard together for over a year to find the best solutions for the project. The implementation decision will realise this work for the benefit of Tampere, resulting in a smooth implementation of the project and a high quality light rail system. We at Pöyry are proud to support the strong development of the Tampere region, confirms Mikko Inkala, President of Pöyry's Infrastructure Design Unit.
– YIT’s revised strategy emphasises project development in growth centres and focuses increasingly on the involvement of partners. The collaborative alliance model adopted in the Tampere light rail project matches this objective very well. The project is significant in terms of size. It also plays an essential role in the development of the Tampere region, in which YIT wants to be closely involved, says Jouni Forsman, Head of YIT’s Infra Services business division.
VR Track is Finland's biggest track builder and one of the largest infrastructure engineering construction companies and design offices in the country. The company’s services cover the entire life cycle of infra-structure projects: design, construction and maintenance. VR Track is also a major supplier of railway materials. In addition to Finland, the company also operates in Sweden.
The net sales of VR Track and its subsidiaries total €307 million. The company employs 1,700 construction and design professionals in Finland and Sweden. VR Track’s customers include the government, municipalities, ports, and companies that use railway services and other infrastructure engineering services. The Finnish Transport Agency is the biggest customer. VR Track is part of VR Group.
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