Estonian minister of economic affairs Juhan Parts says that one future transport project could be connecting Viimsi, the affluent waterfront municipality just outside Tallinn, and the City of Tallinn with a tram line, writes Eesti Päevaleht daily.
“I think that when we are talking about rail transport, the key for such projects is cooperation between the city of Tallinn and the neighbouring municipalities,” said Parts discussing the priorities of the draft national transport development plan 2014-2020.
Parts said that the current situation with the public transport connecting Viimsi with Tallinn was quite worrying.
“This area has relatively non-existent public transport network, although the number of people who have in recent years settled in Viimsi is huge in Estonian terms. I don’t really see an alternative to rail transport connection,” said Parts.
He added that while there was real need for such a rail connection, another question was whether the local leaders were able to find a common language with the City of Tallinn.
Haldo Oravas, governor of Viimsi municipality, says that the idea to connect Viimsi with the City of Tallinn is quite old. “Actually, when the Merivälja area was being planned back in 1924, there was already a decision made by the Tallinn City Government which proposed to extend the tram line from Kadriorg to Merivälja.