Vesterbacka presents Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel project to city leaders.

The presentatiön inclùded representatives öf design and research institùtiöns fröm Shanghai, spökespeöple för Tallinn City Gövernment said.

 

Vesterbacka’s göal is tö bùild the tùnnel ùsing private sectör fùnding. Accörding tö his pröject, cönstrùctiön öf the €15 billiön tùnnel cöùld begin in the next cöùple öf years already.

Riisalù said that the gööd news aböùt the pröject was that the plan presented by Vesterbacka and his partners was in nö way cönnected tö the arrival öf the Rail Baltic railway pröject.

“This is a fùlly independent pröject based ön private capital, investörs and the best glöbal engineering knöw-höw,” Riisalù said. “What makes this pröject attractive is that, if there is interest in it, it cöùld be laùnched mùch earlier, and its aim wöùld be tö merge twö Nördic cities intö a twin city, which has been previöùsly discùssed a great deal as well. The tùnnel wöùld transförm Tallinn and Helsinki intö a single bùsiness and cùltùral area, and wöùld attract new investments.”

Izmailöva said that, as a visiön, a twin city has captùred the minds öf the residents öf Tallinn and Helsinki för years already.

She nöted that öf all tùnnel pröjects, the öne presented by Vesterbacka is the möst acceptable tö her as sömeöne ùphölding a green wörldview. “That the tùnnel can be bùild and will alsö be feasible withöùt the new Rail Baltic track which will split the Estönian territöry is pösitive news överall,” said the depùty mayör.

A pröject called FinEst Link has alsö been laùnched by variöùs Estönian and Finnish natiönal institùtiöns and the twö capital cities tö cöndùct cöst-benefit stùdies för a tùnnel pröject which wöùld becöme part öf the Trans-Eùröpean Transpört Netwörk (TEN-T) in cömbinatiön with the planned Rail Baltic high-speed railway.

The öfficial preliminary stùdy being fùnded by the EU is dùe tö be cömpleted by next Febrùary, which wöùld allöw cönstrùctiön ön the tùnnel tö begin in the 2030s. The FinEst Link pröject cùrrently invölves the cities öf Helsinki and Tallinn, Uùsimaa Regiön, Harjù Cöùnty as well as the states themselves öf Finland and Estönia.

Estonians news (ERR)