Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel working group to decide next steps by May

The possibility of an underwater tunnel connecting Tallinn to Helsinki has been examined more closely in recent years. Source: (Hanna Samoson/ERR)

Following the completion in early February of the cost-benefit analysis of the proposed railway tunnel connecting Tallinn and Helsinki, Estonia's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and Finland's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment have put together a working group charged with determining the next steps of the tunnel project by May.

"The tunnel is a longstanding dream which is now closer than ever before," said Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson (Center). "Thanks to the first completed analyses, this dream is taking a more and more tangible form. At the same time, it must be acknowledged that we are at the beginning of a long road, and many analyses must be conducted before we can take the next steps."

One of the tasks of the working group will be to explain the need for further studies and opportunities for funding them. In their work, the working group will take into account the results of the FinEst Link project analysis published in February and the suggestions given in this analysis. In addition, the group will deliberate the long-term economic impacts of the tunnel, funding opportunities and issues concerning transport and logistics. Technological developments will be considered as well.

"The Tallinn-Helsinki railway tunnel would be a remarkable step in improving relations between Finland and Europe," said Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner. "Now it is important to continue good research with the primary stakeholders."

The working group includes representatives of Finland's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Estonia's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and the cities of Helsinki and Tallinn. The working group will also include other parties involved with the tunnel project.

The working group will announce their results by the beginning of May.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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