430 million euro Rail Baltica contract signed

The winners of a tender to build a crucial part of the Rail Baltica infrastructure project right in the center of the Latvian capital signed a mammoth 10,000 page contract May 29 with a hefty price to match: 430,538,203 euros to be precise.

The contract was secured by a Latvian-Belgian consortium called BESIX RERE Group using designs based on the work of architectural firm PLH Arkitekter in collaboration with COWI (Denmark) and it includes 2.6 km of European rail gauge railway line in Riga from Lačplesa Street to Jelgava Street, 6 new railway crossings and a new 1 km bridge over the River Daugava. 

The city landscape will undergo some major changes as part of these works involve removal of the existing railway embankment from the river to the central station, which will "functionally connect two parts of Riga city: Old Riga with Latgale suburb," which currently have the barrier of the embankment dividng them. Rīga will also gain a new street with Elizabetes Street and Timoteja Street connected.

BESIX RERE Group were announced as winners of the competitive tender for this part of the Rail Baltica project and are due to make a detailed presentation of their plan at the Transport Ministry on June 11.

NV BESIX SA (Belgium) and SIA RERE BŪVE (Latvia) form the consortium. BESIX has in the past carried out a reconstruction project at the Utrecht railway station (over 23,000 m²) in Holland, as well as in the implementation of the Regional Express Network in Brussels. It has designed and built bridges, such as Al Mariah bridges (4 bridges with a total length of 1.4 km) in Abu Dhabi, and other complex infrastructure objects.

The video below is supposed to give some idea of what it will look like.

 

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