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