Tallinn to commission an analysis on tramway extensions

The Tallinn Strategic Management Office is seeking a partner to carry out a street space study for tramways, which would provide a basis for considering the possibility of extending the tramway network.

"We aim to examine how the tramway network Tallinn could be developed in order to give people additional opportunities to travel comfortably and quickly by public transport," said Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart. "Our aim is to provide better public transport options for city dwellers and to increase the attractiveness of public transport so that more people in the city would prefer trams, buses or trolleys to private cars. It is also certainly possible to make the current tram network more efficient by extending routes to areas with higher population density and to larger destinations." 

The procurement will commission preliminary designs for possible extensions of the tramway on five line segments to analyse their space requirements and technical feasibility. The preliminary designs will be prepared for the Pelguranna tramway from Kopli Street to Pelguranna Street, and for the Narva Road tramway from Poska Street to the intersection of Narva Road and Lavamaa Street in the Loopealse area of Lasnamäe, Järve tramway from Tondi Street to Järve Centre, Liivalaia tramway from the intersection of Tartu Road and Liivalaia Street to Tehnika Street, and Kalaranna tramway from Kultuurikatel to Lennusadama Street.

The study is expected to provide an analysis and positioning plans for the tram lines and the future design of the street space. The redesigned streetscape should favour environmentally friendly modes of transport, giving priority to public transport, pedestrians and cyclists, while ensuring the continuity of car traffic.

The street space study for the tramway is being procured by the Tallinn Strategic Management Office, with tenders invited until 14 January, and the deadline for the publication of the studies is the end of May. 

For the Pelguranna tramway, an analysis of the potential space needs in Kolde and Puhangu streets is planned. The tramway would increase accessibility to the Stroomi Beach and recreation area, and would provide a direct connection for Pelguranna residents to Kalamaja, the Baltic Station and the harbour area. The tramway has been taken into account in the proposed Pollinator Highway project.

For the Narva Road tramway, it is planned to analyse the potential space needs at Narva Road and the Russalka intersection. This would support the accessibility of Tallinn Hospital, Song Festival Grounds, Klint Park and new residential developments from across the city.

For the Järve tramway, the space capacity on Pärnu Road and in front of Järve centre will be analysed. The tramway would create the prerequisite for the construction of a hub station in Järve, where a convenient transfer stop for buses from the county lines would be created.

For the Liivalaia tramway, the analysis of street space in Liivalaia, Suur-Ameerika and Endla streets is planned. The tramway would support the dispersal of tram traffic in the city centre away from the interchange of the Hobujaama stop, provide a high quality public transport connection to Liivalaia Street and create the conditions for the development of a Kristiine public transport hub.

For the Kalaranna tramway, the space needs in Kalaranna, Rumbi, Vesilennuki and Lennusadama streets will be analysed. The tramway would improve accessibility to museums and public institutions along Tallinn Bay and the Patarei sea fortress. To preserve the existing values and car traffic, a single track tramway solution will be analysed in narrow sections.

According to the Tallinn 2035 strategy, fast and convenient public transport is to be a key constituent of good urban space and to provide pleasant experiences for passengers while freeing the majority of residents from the responsibilities and costs of owning a private car.

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