University of Helsinki metro station

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Helsingin yliopisto
Helsingfors universitet
University of Helsinki
Helsinki Metro station
Kaisaniemen metroasema1 Helsinki.JPG
LocationVuorikatu 12, Helsinki
Coordinates60°10′20″N 24°56′51″E / 60.17222°N 24.94750°E / 60.17222; 24.94750Coordinates: 60°10′20″N 24°56′51″E / 60.17222°N 24.94750°E / 60.17222; 24.94750
Owned byHKL
Line(s) M1 
 M2 
Tracks2
Connections
  Helsinki tram lines  3   6   6T  and  9 
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Depth27 m (89 ft)
Other information
Fare zone A 
History
Opened1 March 1995
Previous namesKaisaniemi (1995–2015)
Traffic
Passengers24,000 daily[1]
Services
Preceding station   HKL   Following station
toward Ruoholahti
Helsingin metro logo.svg
Northern Branch
toward Mellunmäki
Helsingin metro logo.svg
Eastern Branch
toward Vuosaari

The University of Helsinki metro station (Finnish: Helsingin yliopiston metroasema, Swedish: Helsingfors universitets metrostation) is a station on the Helsinki Metro. It serves the University of Helsinki and surrounding areas in the central Helsinki districts Kaisaniemi and Kluuvi. From 1995 to 2015, the station's name was Kaisaniemi.[2] The station is 27 metres below ground level and 22 metres below sea level. It is positioned 600 metres east of the Central Railway Station and 900 metres south of Hakaniemi. Both lines M1 and M2 serve the station.

The station's ticket hall.

History[edit]

The location of the metro station was decided in 1971, and the station box was excavated during the metro's original construction work in the late 1970s. The station's opening date was postponed due to a lack of funds. The station was eventually opened on 1 March 1995, having been designed by the architect firm Kontio - Kilpi - Valjento Oy. The station is equipped with a glass-sided funicular-style elevator, operating along the slope parallel to the escalators.

Renaming[edit]

In April 2014, the city council voted to rename the station from Kaisaniemi to University of Helsinki.[3] The rebranding was completed in January 2015 to commemorate the university's 375th anniversary.[4] This metro station is one of two comprising the system to be named after a university; the other one is Aalto University.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metroasemien käyttäjämäärät". HKL. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ "University of Helsinki". Helsingin kaupunki. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  3. ^ Lehmusvesi, Jussi (22 April 2014). "Kaisaniemen metroaseman nimi vaihtuu – "Kyllä ihmiset tottuvat"". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Kaisaniemen metroasemalle ehdotetaan uutta nimeä". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 17 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.

External links[edit]

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