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Tenders for Helsinki-Tallinn rail tunnel feasibility studies ongoing  

rail_baltic_25The founding partners of the Finnish-Estonian Transport Link Initiative FinEst Link project have launched two consultancy services tenders for the proposed rail tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn.

The aim of the FinEst Link (Finnish Estonian Transport Link), WP2 Comparative impact analysis tender is to support decision of whether the fixed link between Helsinki and Tallinn is a viable solution for development of Finland and Estonia, and European economies, regional development, demographics and transport infrastructure. The analysis is divided to three parts: background estimations, comparative impact analysis and standard cost-benefit analysis. The closing time for participation is 16.11.2016. 

FinsEst Link, WP3 Technical concept and economic assessments tender aims to find a technical solution for the tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn so that all the proposed solutions are technically feasible and economical, all the costs are taken into account, the life cycle and maintenance of constructions are taken into consideration, the solutions are sustainable when it comes to safety and risk management, the environmental and cityscape requirements are taken into consideration, the requirements concerning traffic are taken into consideration. The report will contain: Train operation concept; Planning of location and functionality of train terminals in Estonia and Finland; Planning of Tunnel geometry, construction, maintenance; Investment, maintenance and operation costs; Additional functions of the Tunnel; Cursory Environmental Assessment. The deadline for submitting offers is 22/11/2016. 

The results of the studies should be available to the general public and decision-makers in the second half of 2018.

Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, City of Tallinn Government, City of Helsinki, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and Harju County Government are the Founding Partners of the Finnish-Estonian Transport Link Initiative. FinEst Link project has started in September 2016 and it is partly funded by the Central Baltic Interreg Programm.


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