4.5m euro Rail Baltica Contract awarded

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Rail Baltica

LATVIA: Eiropas Dzelzcela līnijas (EDZL), the project implementer in Latvia, has awarded the first Rail Baltica construction, design and supervision contract to the PROSIV consortium.

The consortium is made up of three companies - Sintagma from Italy, Prodex from Slovakia and Vektors T from Latvia. The total amount of the contract is 4.5 million euro.

The contract includes the construction of a 4.4km rail spur to Riga Airport as well as the design and construction of the airport station. It is planned to have the station on the same level as the airport terminal check-in hall. A 400 meter platform will serve international and regional trains.

„It will be the first construction project of the railway viaduct and 1435mm standard railway line in Latvia, as well since 1937 – the first construction project of a new passenger station," Andris Linužs, Member of the Management Board of EDZL said. "When implementing the project the continuity of the airport infrastructure and business within its territory will be ensured. It shall require a careful planning of construction works as international airport Riga will simultaneously carry out a number of ambitious projects: along with the construction of Rail Baltica station, the 6th round of the expansion of the airport terminal and the construction of a new air traffic control tower is also planned.”

Ilona Līce, the Chairman of the Management Board of International airport Riga: „A modern and up-to-date airport is not imaginable without a connection to a railway system. The construction of Rail Baltica is in line with the long-term development of the airport as it will strengthen the role of Riga airport as the main transport hub of the Baltics and will improve Latvia's interconnectivity with other European Union countries, will expand the range of potential passengers of Riga Airport both towards Lithuania and Estonia, and will provide additional facilities for passengers to get from the airport to the city.”

Rail Baltica is a railway transport project, which aims to integrate the Baltic States within the European railway network, and at present it covers four European Union countries - Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. It is envisaged to build in the Baltic states new 870 km long European gauge (1435 mm) railway line with a maximum speed of 240 km/h.