Polish railway company signs Rail Baltica 'letter of intent'

RB Rail, the Baltic states' joint venture responsible for construction of the Rail Baltica high-speed rail link, said February 7 it had signed a 'tripartite letter of intent' with PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A., and national implementing body in Lithuania LTG Infra "on implementation of [the] Rail Baltica corridor in the Polish/Lithuanian border section at technical and operational levels."

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. is the Polish manager of railway infrastructure responsible for ensuring  infrastructure development on the Polish side of the border with Lithuania, and the recently signed letter of intent is "an expression of the will of all stakeholders in the project to continue cooperation in building the missing rail link of the EU’s North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Core Network, thus ensuring full integration of the three Baltic States into the single European railway area and developing a new economic and security corridor," according to a press release.

"The signed letter of intent foresees cooperation of Rail Baltica project partners on matters including striving to achieve consistency between railway infrastructure design reference documents, interface with the energy subsystem architecture at the interface between the boundary components of the energy subsystem, and interface with command-control and signalling subsystems," the release adds.

“Our cooperation with Poland goes way back, and now, when the project has reached maturity of entering large-scale construction, harmonization of common standards and technical requirements not only within the Baltics, but also on the cross-border section with Poland becomes an even greater priority. We look forward to starting a new phase in the productive cooperation with our Polish partners,” said Agnis Driksna, Chairperson of the Management Board and CEO at RB Rail AS.

"The signed letter of intent with RB Rail AS and LTG Infra will further strengthen the form and areas of cooperation. Cooperation and exchange of experience are extremely important for enhancing the quality of rail traffic on cross-border sections. Our activities will be reflected in improving the quality of railway communication between Poland and Lithuania,” said Ireneusz Merchel, President of the Management Board of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

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