The Anonymous Widower

Finland-Estonia Rail Tunnel Feasibility Study Completed

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in the International Railway Journal.

This is the first two paragraphs.

A feasibility study into the construction of a rail tunnel under the Baltic Sea between the Finnish capital Helsinki and the Estonian capital Tallinn estimates the cost of the project at €13-20bn.

The FinEst Link tunnel would be constructed as two 10m-diameter single bores connected at intervals with an 8m-diameter central service tunnel. The concept includes two artificial islands, and three stations in Helsinki – City Centre, Pasila and Vantaa Airport – and one station at Ülemiste in Tallinn. The tunnel would be standard gauge to connect with the new Rail Baltica high-speed line linking Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

The article also goes on to say this about the economics of the tunnel.

While the project has a low cost:benefit ratio of 0.45 due to the high capital cost, its wider economic impact on GDP ranges from €4bn for the low scenario to €6.9bn for the base scenario.

Would the projected cost and economics of the FinEst Tunnel be a rough guide to what would happen if a fixed link were to be built between Scotland and Ireland?

The FinEst Tunnel will be standard gauge to be compatible with Rail Baltica, despite both Finland and Estonia using different railway gauges.

Just like the difference between Great Britain and the island of Ireland.

 

February 9, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. The Channel Tunnel connects the UK and France and suffered capital difficulties despite the support of both governments.

    The UK and France have the sixth and fifth largest economises in the world (fifth and sixth pre-referendum).

    The proposed tunnel is twice as long and connects two countries with GDP approximately 10% and 1% respectively of those of either the UK or France.

    Something tells me the bean counters have not had a proper look at this.

    The history of the much shorter and more valuable https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fehmarn_Belt_Fixed_Link probably indicates the likely future of this proposal.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | February 9, 2018 | Reply


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