Rail Baltica sta­tion’s con­struc­tion at Riga air­port will cost EUR 4.5 mil­lion

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Cre­ation of a separate rail­way sta­tion and re­lated in­fra­struc­ture at Riga In­ter­na­tional Air­port as part of Rail Baltica pro­ject will cost EUR 4.5 mil­lion, says the pro­ject’s man­ager in Latvia and board mem­ber of Euro­pean Rail­way Lines com­pany An­dris Lin­užs.

He ex­plains that it is one of the most com­pli­cated projects as­so­ci­ated with Rail Baltica, be­cause it in­cludes not just the cre­ation of the rail­way sta­tion it­self but also sur­round­ing in­fra­struc­ture. It to­tal, it is nec­es­sary to build rail­way lines with a to­tal length of 4.4 km.

›This is not just about build­ing a Rail Baltica build­ing at Riga air­port. It is a very com­pli­cated pro­ject. De­sign­ers re­spon­si­ble for it have to plan out rail­way lines on em­bank­ment, el­e­vated high­way lead­ing all the way from Ul­maņa gatve. It is also nec­es­sary to in­clude the ex­ist­ing and planned in­fra­struc­ture in the pro­ject,» says Lin­užs.

The win­ner of the ten­der Part­ner­ship Pro­siv com­bines Ital­ian Sin­tagma, Slo­vakian Prodex and Lat­vian Vek­tors T, was cho­sen be­cause com­pa­nies that form it have proven them­selves as ex­pe­ri­enced and com­pe­tent de­sign­ers, said Lin­užs, adding that the process it­self will take 17 months. Once de­sign work is com­plete, it is planned to an­nounce con­struc­tion pro­cure­ments.

Riga In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s board chair­per­son Ilona Līce ad­mits that this pro­ject will be a ma­jor chal­lenge for all in­volved.

She also notes that Rail Baltica rail­way sta­tion is an ele­ment the air­port has been lack­ing this whole time. This pro­ject will help im­prove Latvia’s con­nec­tiv­ity with other coun­tries and ex­pand the range of pas­sen­gers. Baiba Rubesa, chair­per­son of the joint Baltic com­pany RB Rail, says the signed con­tract with Pro­siv proves that the pro­ject is steadily mov­ing for­ward. The ten­der for Rail Baltica sta­tion, as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture and rail­way line was an­nounced in 2016. The de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the win­ner was made at the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary of 2018.

Rail Baltica pro­ject pro­vides for the con­struc­tion of a Euro­pean-stan­dard rail­way line from Tallinn all the way to the Lithua­nian and Pol­ish bor­der to help con­nect Baltic States with other Euro­pean coun­tries. Lat­est es­ti­mates show that Rail Baltica’s costs may reach EUR 5.8 bil­lion. This in­cludes the branch be­tween Kau­nas and Vil­nius. Part of the costs will be covered us­ing funds from the Euro­pean Union.


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