HELSINKI transport authority HKL expects to call tenders shortly for 40 low-floor cars, to enter service in 2011-14 at an estimated cost of €100m.

HKL urgently needs more capacity, not least because of Route 9 which is due to open next year. This will link the city centre with the Pasila trade fair where the 2007 UITP World Congress is being held.

As a stopgap, HKL has decided to lengthen 42 Str