A Grand Agreement signed for Rail Baltica Project

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The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), responsible for the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), has signed a Grand Agreement of total value of 225 million euros for the Rail Baltica high speed railway construction in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The agreement was signed with the JV of the three Baltic stated RB Rail AS, the Ministry of Economics & Communication of Estonia, The Ministry of Transport of Latvia and the Ministry of Transport & Communication of Lithuania.

Estonia will allocate most of its funds to the construction of the tramlink between Rail Baltica Ülemiste Terminal and the Tallinn Airport where works have already started in 2016. Also, feasibility study including spatial and technical analysis and technical design will be developed for the light rail or tram connection from Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica Ülemiste Terminal towards the Old City Harbour, the central passenger harbour in Tallinn, and one more separate study will examine the location for additional freight station in Muuga Port area.

In Latvia, the financing will be used for a conformity assessment of the Rail Baltica railway infrastructure with air navigation infrastructure and services particularly in regards to the Riga International Airport as well as archaeological studies along the planned route.

in Lithuania approximately 211.5 million euros (CEF contribution – nearly 180 million euros) will be used for starting of construction works on at least 55 km long section Kaunas-Panevezys-Lithuanian/Latvian state border. Also, it is planned to carry out a study on upgrade for the already built railway line of European standard 1435 mm gauge (in the section from Polish/Lithuanian state border to Kaunas) to meet the Global Project standards. In addition, the allocated money will cover the expenses to develop a plan for the straightening and speed increase in the mentioned section and actual installation works of necessary the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) upgrades together.

RB Rail AS is a joint venture between the three Baltic States established in October 2014. Holding equal shares in “RB Rail AS” are SIA “Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas” in Latvia, UAB “Rail Baltica statyba” in Lithuania and OU “Rail Baltic Estonia” in Estonia.

RB Rail AS is the central co-ordinator for the Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project. The project involves the construction of a high speed rail line from Tallinn to the Lithuanian/Polish border. Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica will be an electrified public use rail line, an environmentally friendly and modern form of transportation.