Metro in depot

VR FleetCare has delivered the last refurbished metro train to Helsinki Metropolitan Area Transport

  The metro modernisation project, which has been ongoing since 2019, was successfully completed when VR FleetCare handed over the final refurbished M200 series metro train to Helsinki Helsinki Metropolitan Area Transport in April 2024, as per the scheduled timeline. The project consisted of two phases: the M100 series was completed in 2023, followed by the M200 series, which was finalised this year, 2024.


Our collaboration with the customer and partners was excellent. Despite minor challenges, the project has been a great demonstration to our growth opportunities and our ability to tackle various challenges and enter new market areas, says Mikko Aalto, Project Manager at VR FleetCare.

The project began in 2019 with the modernisation of 39 M100 series metro trains, manufactured by Valmet/Strömberg between 1979 and 1984. The project was carried out in Pieksämäki and Helsinki. In addition to the refurbishments that improved travel comfort, the metro train bodies were surface-treated and the driver’s cabins were updated, including the control desks. The last M100 series metro train was returned to the customer in March 2023. 

Following this, the refurbishment work continued with 12 M200 series metro trains. A total of 12 Bombardier metro trains, manufactured between 2000 and 2001, were overhauled at the Helsinki depot. These refurbishments focused on enhancing travel comfort and providing the customer with more sustainable and modern solutions. The last metro train was delivered to Helsinki Region Transport in March 2024. 

This project was a confirmation to our commitment to providing high-quality and sustainable solutions for both our customers and the environment. We thank all parties involved in making this project a success, says Toni Harju, Director of Project Services at VR FleetCare.

The metro refurbishment project has been part of VR FleetCare’s strategy to expand as a provider of demanding overhauls for rolling stock. This strengthens our competitiveness both in the domestic market and abroad.

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