YIT, Pöyry and VR Track signed an alliance contract on the development phase of the second part of the Tampere light rail project


YIT, Pöyry Finland and VR Track have signed an alliance contract with the City of Tampere and Tampereen Raitiotie Oy on the development phase of the second part of the Tampere light rail project. The project will be performed using the alliance model, where YIT, Pöyry and VR Track provide the services ordered by the City of Tampere and Tampereen Raitiotie Oy. In the alliance model, the client, designers and contractors cooperate throughout the project.

The development phase is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020, and its cost estimate is EUR 2.9 million. In the development phase, the best possible solutions to support the construction of the rail line between Pyynikintori and Lentäväniemi are reviewed. The rail line will be designed and constructed in cooperation with the city’s residents, communities, companies and property owners. The order of the development phase was registered in the first quarter of 2018.

“The development of growing urban environments is strategically important to YIT. Regarding the implementation of projects, we want to be involved in the development of more cooperative implementation models. In the Tampere light rail project, both of these aspects are realised. The cooperation between the parties in the alliance in earlier phases of the project has already shown its capabilities, and it is great that we can continue this in the development phase of the western section as well,” says YIT Vice President Jarkko Salmenoja.

“The second part of the Tampere light rail project is an interesting and challenging urban light rail project, where the alliance can now take full advantage of the experiences of the first part. At Pöyry, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer our infrastructure expertise in the second part of this project as well,” says Mikko Inkala, Business Unit President at Pöyry in charge of infrastructure business in Northern Europe.

“VR Track is seeking growth in the light rail and urban environment sectors. We are very excited to be involved in the second part of the project that provides strong support for the development of the Tampere region. We have excellent resources to guarantee success, as our designers can take advantage of the experiences in the first phase and receive immediate feedback and development ideas from on-going construction projects,” say VR Track Vice President, Consulting, Harri Yli-Villamo and Vice President, Construction, Jouni Kekäle.

The preliminary schedule for the construction of second part of the light rail line is in 2021–2024. It will expand the rail network from the city centre to Lentäväniemi.

In the currently ongoing first part of the project, a 15 km rail line will be constructed from city centre to Hervanta and the Central Hospital, and a depot will be constructed in Hervanta.

Pöyry awarded engineering services assignment for expansion of Lausanne railway station, Switzerland

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has appointed Pöyry, as part of the engineering consortium 4G, for the “Galette – Bâtiment Voyageur” (passenger building) main lot at Lausanne station. Pöyry is deploying expertise from across departments including civil engineering, railway engineering and buildings divisions to help implement the large scale project.

To cater for increasing passenger numbers on the route between Lausanne and Geneva, the railway stations in Lausanne, Geneva and Renens will be completely renovated. In Lausanne, the new expanded station will be completed in 2025.

The main lot of this large scale project covers the entire current railway station. The central components are the widening and extension of the platform, expansion of the underpasses and shopping floor below them, the tunnel beneath the historic station building and reconstruction of the building at the southern end of the station. Pöyry will play a crucial role as part of the engineering consortium 4G in the construction project, its tendering and execution. The planning work starts in September 2016, execution is from 2018 and commissioning is envisaged for 2025.

“Pöyry’s experience in the project planning and implementation of the Löwenstrasse station in Zurich, in which we played a leading role, will benefit this project. We are pleased to bring in our cross-disciplinary expertise and contribute to the success of this complex major inner-city project,” says Martin Bachmann, manager of Pöyry’s Buildings Division in Switzerland.

The Galette – Bâtiment Voyageur lot is a particularly demanding mandate, involving the carrying out of a highly complex construction project during normal operations. The planned shifting of the historic protected hall roof, which must be retained and lifted, will be particularly challenging for the engineers. Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be used as part of the project. Thanks to BIM – still a relatively new procedure in Switzerland – the coordination effort between the owners and the companies involved can be significantly reduced.

The value of the order is not disclosed. The order has been recognised within the Regional Operations Business Group order stock in Q3/2016.