Preliminary results of the FinEst Link project to be published this autumn

During spring and summer 2017, an international group of experts on land use, environment, urban economy, logistics, tunnel boring and train operations has been analyzing large quantities of data for the FinEst Link project. The first results of this analysis will be published in the coming weeks.

The FinEst Link project is looking at a number of factors linked to the feasibility of building an undersea railway tunnel between Tallinn and Helsinki. For instance, what effects would a train connection between Helsinki and Tallinn have on the economies of the two countries? What are the volume estimations for passenger and cargo transport in a tunnel between the two capitals? Among the key focus areas is to analyse the impact of the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel on the twin city development and the related urban development opportunities in Estonia and Finland.

The project is also looking at the technical side of building such a tunnel: What type of technology is needed for building approximately 100 kilometers of railway tunnel undersea and how much would it eventually cost? Volume estimations, costs and benefits, train operation models as well as maintenance issues, environmental aspects and safety, are now being analysed and will be explained in detail in the final report of the project.

In addition to the tunnel option, the project is also looking into the so-called 0+ alternative, meaning the development of passenger and cargo transport via fast ferries without a Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel.

The economic and technical analysis of the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel is carried out this autumn and the FinEst Link feasibility study will be published in February 2018 in Tallinn at the final conference of the project. You can find information about the project and its results on this website.

More information: FinEst Link Project Director Kari Ruohonen + 358 40 504 5170.

The FinEst Link project, part-funded by the Interreg Central Baltic Programme, carries out a feasibility study of the Helsinki–Tallinn fixed link in 2016–2018. The feasibility study focuses on the technical, economic and business viability of the railway tunnel vision. The project is led by Helsinki–Uusimaa Regional Council in partnership with the Cities of Helsinki and Tallinn, Harju County Government, Finnish Transport Agency and the Estonian Ministry of Economy and Communications.