We are building a new tramway in Tallinn
We have signed a design and construction contract for the construction of a tramway connecting Old City Harbour and Rail Baltic’s Ülemiste passenger terminal. The works have been commissioned by the city of Tallinn and we will carry them out in cooperation with our good partner KMG Insenerehitus.
The new tramway section, which will be built as a branch of the existing tram corridors, is approximately 2.5 kilometres long and it starts at the intersection of Kivisilla and Gonsiori streets and extends to Põhja boulevard. The deadline for the completion of the works is February 2025.
According to Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, the Old City Harbour tram line will connect the most important gates of not only Tallinn, but the whole country: the gateways by sea, air, rail and bus. “The new tram line will create fast and convenient connections for all commuters and guests arriving in Tallinn, regardless of the mode of transportation,” Kõlvart said. “However, this project is also one stage of a larger vision for the development of the Old City Harbour region and the entire Tallinn urban space. This is how the area here is becoming an innovative city centre with a well-thought-out design and attractive architecture, just like Rail Baltic’s Ülemiste terminal and the entire Ülemiste area, which the new tram line will pass through.”
“For the construction company, it is a complex and large-scale project. The seemingly simple installation of tram tracks requires the reconstruction of a large number of underground communication lines, and eventually a new street space will be built around the tram line. In cooperation with our good partner KMG Insenerehitus, we are very proud to contribute to the development of urban space and transport,” said Ivo Volkov, Chairman of the Management Board of Merko Ehitus Eesti.
The construction of the new tram line involves a large number of reconstruction works in the urban area. The Tartu Road tramway branches to the left on Gonsiori Street. The route continues through Laikmaa, Hobujaama and Ahtri streets to the port area. The new line passes Terminal A via Laeva, Kuunari and Kai streets, and continues under Linnahall via Logi and Rumbi streets. When arriving at Kultuurikatel, the tramway joins the Kopli tramway running from Mere and Põhja boulevards.
The planning works for the construction of the tramway have already started, and the construction works in the urban space are due to commence in March-April 2023. The work on the construction of the tramway and its overhead contact lines is planned to be completed by the end of June 2024, after which the construction of street pavements along the route of the tram line will continue.