Tampere is constructing a tram line which would run between the city centre, Hervanta, Tampere University Hospital and Lentävänniemi. At the moment, the aforementioned locations are not only the busiest in terms of public transport, but some of the fastest growing areas of the city.
The tram lines will connect major residential areas and work places, educational establishments, the railway station and the University Hospital and retail districts. The tramway is a safe and easy-to-use system for all age groups, and provides an accessible mode of transport.
Tampere is growing rapidly. The average population growth has been more than 2,000 annually. The city centre is already congested with buses, and the narrow neck of land cannot support any more bus traffic.
The tram line will become a part of Tampere Public Transport as its key project for 2014 - 2023. The bus lines will be coordinated with the tram lines.
In the initial phase, there will be two tram lines. During the daytime, the trams will run at 7.5 minute intervals. The length of the planned track is approximately 23 km. Three-quarters of it will run on its own lane, separated from the other traffic.
The trams can reach a top speed of 70 km per hour, with an average speed of 20 km per hour. During rush hour, the tramway will be the fastest transport mode from the city centre to Hervanta, the University Hospital and Lentävänniemi.
The capacity of one 37 m tramcar is 240 passengers which is almost three times more than a conventional bus or about 185 cars.
The depot will be located in Hervanta.
The Tramway Alliance is composed of the City of Tampere, VR Track Ltd, YIT Construction Services Ltd, Pöyry Finland Plc and, by means of a sub-alliance contract, Ratatek Ltd. During the development phase, the Tramway Alliance will prepare a detailed implementation plan of the tracks, street planning, stops and the depot. The plan’s aim is to find the best feasible solutions to support the construction decision. The tramway is planned in dialogue with residents, communities, businesses and property owners.
Tramway construction commenced in 2017. The adverse effects of the construction phase will be managed with the help of good planning and communications. The tramway construction is a long-term project that will result in a number of changes, given that the line will be running through a busy and functional city. Upon completion, it will become the city’s new arterial route.