Sweco participated in feasibility study of Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel project

Sweco participated in feasibility study of Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel project

7 February 2018

Sweco has been participating in the feasibility study to investigate various technical solutions for the potential Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel. The results are presented in FinEst Link seminar in Tallinn on February 7.

Sweco has been participating in the feasibility study to investigate technical solutions for the potential Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel. The appointed work package is being conducted as a joint venture between Sweco, Amberg Engineering and WSP. In addition to investigate technical solutions, the study has evaluated the project’s economic impact.

The feasibility study results and different options for the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel implementation are presented on February 7 in FinEst Link seminar in Tallinn.

“New sustainable solutions are needed to improve the flow of freight and passenger traffic across the Gulf of Finland. We have investigated the most optimal and potential technical solution for the tunnel. The study includes the tunnel routing and station locations, the operational solution based on the traffic flow estimation, the safety concept for the tunnel and the construction schedule and cost estimation based on these technical details. Also, strategic environmental impact assessment regarding for example the artificial islands in Gulf of Finland has been part of the feasibility study”, says Sweco Environment CEO Juho Siipo.

The contracting authorities for the project are the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, the cities of Helsinki and Tallinn,the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the Harju County Government of Estonia. The feasibility study is co-funded by the EU’s Interreg Central Baltic programme.

“The tunnel is a demanding project in terms of both construction and traffic modeling. Even though this feasibility study identifies only one potential solution, it is important that the solution is of high quality for a reliable project evaluation”, says Project Director Kari Ruohonen from Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.

A fixed link between Helsinki and Tallinn is expected to enhance business opportunities for both capital cities.

Watch the video of Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel.

For additional information, please contact:

Juho Siipo, CEO, Sweco Environment, +358 40 076 4890, juho.siipo@sweco.fi
Sanna Huopio, Communication Director, Sweco Finland +358 50 302 8898, sanna.huopio@sweco.fi

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