Tallinn-Helsinki tun­nel plan lacks am­bi­tion, says «An­gry Birds» game maker

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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.

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