University of Helsinki metro station
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|Helsinki Metro station|
|Owned by||Helsinki City Transport|
Helsinki tram Line: 3, 6, 6T, 9
|Depth||27 m (89 ft)|
|Previous names||Kaisaniemi (1995–2015)|
University of Helsinki (Finnish: Helsingin yliopisto, Swedish: Helsingfors universitet) is a station on the Helsinki Metro. It serves the central Helsinki district of Kaisaniemi (Finnish: Kaisaniemi, Swedish: Kajsaniemi) and was known by this name until the end of 2014. The station is 27 metres below ground level and 22 metres below sea level. It is positioned 600 metres east of Central Railway Station metro station, and 900 metres south of Hakaniemi metro station.
The station's location was decided as in 1971, and the station box was excavated during the original construction work in the late-1970s, however its opening date was postponed owing to lack of funds. The station was eventually opened on 1 March 1995, having been designed by the architect bureau Kontio - Kilpi - Valjento Oy. It station is equipped with an unusual glass-sided funicular-style elevator, operating along the slope parallel to the escalators, rather than a conventional vertical liftshaft design.
In April 2014, the Helsinki City Board decided to rename the station after the University of Helsinki (Finnish: Helsingin yliopisto, Swedish: Helsingfors universitet). The city wants to complete the required changes to signage by 2015, which is also the 375th anniversary of the founding of the university. After the completion of the metro's western extension, the metro line will thus have two stops bearing the name of a university, the other being the stop of Aalto University in Otaniemi, Espoo.
- Lehmusvesi, Jussi (22 April 2014). "Kaisaniemen metroaseman nimi vaihtuu – "Kyllä ihmiset tottuvat"". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Kaisaniemen metroasemalle ehdotetaan uutta nimeä". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 17 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
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