The Cities of Helsinki and Tallinn and the Harju County in Estonia have launched a competitive tendering process for a pre-feasibility study on a fixed transport link between Helsinki and Tallinn. The preparation of the process was carried out in cooperation with the Femern Belt Development foundation of Denmark.
The pre-feasibility study is titled Talsinkifix, and the competitive tenders are invited by the Harju County government. The request for tenders was announced at a meeting in Tallinn on 3 April 2014.
The pre-feasibility study should summarize previous studies and propose further activities. The main question to be explored in the study is the financial viability of a fixed Helsinki-Tallinn transport link and its economic impact.
The budget of the Talsinkifix project is EUR 100,000. Of the total, 85 percent is financed from the Seed Money Facility of the European Union’s Baltic Sea Region Programme. The study should be completed in the beginning of 2015.
Economic strength for both metropolitan areas
A fixed transport link between Helsinki and Tallinn is expected to strengthen the competitiveness of the metropolitan areas of both Helsinki and Tallinn. The projected Rail Baltic railway line between Tallinn and Central Europe, which could open in 2014, is connected to plans for a tunnel.
The alternatives envisioned for a fixed Helsinki-Tallinn transport link are either a tunnel or a tunnel-bridge combination. The Helsinki-Tallinn link is already now included in the Estonian government’s national Estonia 2013 plans, in the Harju county plan and in the municipal plan of Viimsi, which is a borough in Harju County. The Helsinki city plan does not yet include a corresponding site reservation.
See Helsinki Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri’s video address to the meeting in Tallinn