Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2018 - Page 30

T he stations along the 14-kilometre metro line are located in Lauttasaari and Koivusaari on the Helsinki side, and in Keilaniemi, Aalto University, ­Tapiola, Urheilupuisto, Niittykumpu and Matinkylä in Espoo. Originally scheduled to start opera- tions in August 2016, the metro project ran into problems as the compatibility of the various metro systems became an issue. It turned out that the finetuning of the massive project was more difficult than the builder organisation, Espoo-owned Länsimetro Oy, had expected. With only a dozen p ­ eople on the payroll, Länsimetro was also woefully understaffed and had to rely on subcontrac- tors in too many things. Making Money However, even if the delay of the metro became somewhat of a punchline in Fin- land, there’s no denying it’s impact. Already it is clear that a powerful investment wave has hit Espoo, largely due to the better con- nectivity guaranteed by metro. Lauttasaari Koivusaari 30 Nordicum