Kehärata (literally "ring track", in Swedish Ringbanan, previously known as "Marjarata") is the name of a proposed train route in the city of
Vantaa(Vanda), in the Greater Helsinki Metropolitan Areain Finland. If built, it would extend the Helsinki commuter railnetwork to the Helsinki-Vantaa International airport and the adjacent Aviapolisbusiness and retail district and thus create a quick connection from the Airport to downtown Helsinki, as well as the suburban parts of the capital and other nearby cities and communities. The new section of line would go from Tikkurila Station in the east, on the mainline going north from Helsinki, to Vantaankoski Station to the west, on the branch line for western Vantaa, currently being served by the "M" train.
The line and its funding has been approved in principle, with final studies presently in progress and construction scheduled to start in
2009. The completion date is expected to be 2013, however it is possible that the section from Vantaankoski to Kivistö will open in 2012. A final decision on the possibility of the earlier opening has yet to be made, and will be assessed at a later date.
* [http://keharata.net/english/index.html Official site of the planning of Kehärata]
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