Reader ‘s opinion The construction budget for crown bridges is unsustainable

Is it justified to design such an expensive light traffic lane on the basis of only one new residential area?

Helsingin sanomat newspaper (22.1.) reported an increase in the cost of the Kruunusiltot tramway by EUR 90 million. It was hardly a surprise to many. In its own communication, the city is already suggesting that the estimate is likely to increase further.

Is the total cost estimated at EUR 350 million, plus any cost overruns, really a sustainable use of money for every citizen? Is it justified to design such an expensive light traffic lane on the basis of only one new residential area? The bridges would irreversibly shape the maritime view of Suomenlinna, protected by UNESCO, to the north on the back of Kruunuvuori.

Every city dweller in particular sees now that many would not cycle or walk on long bridges in the winter weather. Tram traffic would also be expected to be disrupted one after the other in the winter. We have no experience with trams on an equally windy route anywhere else in our city.

The investment is too great for such an experiment, which, moreover, is opposed by all the surrounding residential associations. The voice of the townspeople should be listened to. It has not been listened to in this project.

A bridge was proposed to replace the bridges at an earlier stage. Its cost was estimated to be much lower. The urban image effect of ferries would certainly be more memorable than an expensive bridge.

Electronic, self-propelled public transport is the future, and organized ferry transport, combined with autonomous fully electric access transport, brings sustainable and personal added value – including for tourism.

I hope that the ferry solution will now be examined in more detail as the cost estimate for the city as a real alternative to the bridge.

Kristiina Michelsson

interior designer, Helsinki

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