Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel plan lacks ambition, says «Angry Birds» game maker
While Finland and Estonia work on plans of an under-sea tunnel from Tallinn to Helsinki, the construction of which could start in the 2030s, a Finnish businessman, previously involved in development of Angy Birds video game, has presented plans to finish the massive construction project in 2024 already.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that Peter Vesterbacka, former business development chief at Rovio, developer of hit game Angry Birds, stated on Thursday, January 18 in Tallinn that the tunnel is in no way dependent on the Rail Baltica project, could be built in five years would cost 15 billion euros, which could be raised from Chinese investors (70%) and from local pension funds. Envisaging a trip from Tallinn to Helsinki airport taking 20 to 25 minutes by trains travelling at the speed of around 370 km/h, Vesterbacka suggested, there would be three stops: Tallinn, the second 15 kilometers out of Helsinki, the third near the Aalto University campus at Otaniemi, and the fourth at Helsinki’s Vantaa airport. The project presented in Tallinn by Vesterbacka is not linked to the govenment plans of Finland and Estonia, which are anticipated to publish next month a preliminary analysis of their tunnel project, the construction of which could begin in the 2030s.