Helsinki-Tallinn: one tunnel, two projects

If a mere decade ago, no one but a few enthusiasts even wanted to think about a tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn, there are now two competing consortiums with the plan: the FinEst Link Project by the two cities and countries and the private project of Angry Birds founder Peter Vesterbacka - writes postimees.ee

What is more, the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel was one of the topics on the table during a joint sitting of Estonian and Finnish governments held in Tallinn yesterday.

Despite there being two competing projects, there will not be two tunnels. No one can say today which project will prove successful; however, it is highly likely a tunnel will be constructed as there is considerable interest and, unlike with Rail Baltic, no protest against the project, at least for now.

There is busy ferry traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn – nine million passengers moved between the two cities last year. An analysis by FinEst Link estimates that the number of passengers will grow to 14 million without the tunnel and 23 million with the tunnel – 12.5 million tunnel passengers and 10.5 million ferry passengers – by 2050.

If a mere decade ago, no one but a few enthusiasts even wanted to think about a tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn, there are now two competing consortiums with the plan: the FinEst Link Project by the two cities and countries and the private project of Angry Birds founder Peter Vesterbacka.

What is more, the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel was one of the topics on the table during a joint sitting of Estonian and Finnish governments held in Tallinn yesterday.

Despite there being two competing projects, there will not be two tunnels. No one can say today which project will prove successful; however, it is highly likely a tunnel will be constructed as there is considerable interest and, unlike with Rail Baltic, no protest against the project, at least for now.

There is busy ferry traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn – nine million passengers moved between the two cities last year. An analysis by FinEst Link estimates that the number of passengers will grow to 14 million without the tunnel and 23 million with the tunnel – 12.5 million tunnel passengers and 10.5 million ferry passengers – by 2050.

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