Finnish companies YIT Construction, VR Track and Pöyry have signed an agreement with the City of Tampere for implementation of the €238.8m Tampere light rail project.
Set to start in the first half of next year, the first phase of construction is expected to last until 2021.
This phase will see construction of the new rail line extending 15km from the city centre to Hervanta and to Central Hospital, along with a depot in Hervanta.
The project is planned to be implemented using the alliance model, with YIT, VR Track and Pöyry providing the service ordered by the City of Tampere.
In an alliance contract, the partners will work as part of a jointly created organisation.
During the initial development stage, the City of Tampere and YIT, VR Track and Pöyry along with Ratatek as the alliance partner were responsible for the project’s design and development.
YIT Infra Services business division head Jouni Forsman said: “YIT’s renewed 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 second phase of construction, which is set to take place between 2021 and 2024, will expand the rail network from the city centre to Lentävänniemi.
VR Track managing director Harri Lukkarinen said: “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."
The Finnish Government has committed €71m of funding to the rail project. Of this, €55m will be used for the first phase, with the remaining €16m released in the second phase.
Image: The Tampere light rail project will be implemented using the alliance model. Photo: courtesy of VR Track.