Rail Baltica commissions 100,000-euro study of "synergistic opportunities"

The Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS has signed a contract worth EUR 116,625, with the Spanish infrastructure consultancy company Ineco "to identify opportunities to maximize the benefits of the Rail Baltica railway corridor," the company said December 20.

"The study will provide guidance and recommendations for Rail Baltica from a 'Dig Once' perspective to better calibrate the necessary Rail Baltica infrastructure design elements, future possibilities, and business cases, as well as provide insights to Baltic governments on opportunities to co-synchronize relevant infrastructure developments with the delivery of Rail Baltica," the company said.

"The study will review relevant international experiences, best practice and lessons learned in the overall field of synergistic opportunities – ranging from digital and energy infrastructure to possibilities of synchronized co-development of local connections to the Rail Baltica mainline for industrial, defence and other areas."

This would seem to mean – in everyday language – that the study will make sure everything fits together and works properly and that nothing gets forgotten, so the whole thing doesn't have to be dug up again.

Other things to be expected for inclusion in the report include "backbone networks", "socio-economic drivers", "potential synergy components of the EU Connecting Europe Facility" and "energy synergies" so that "Relevant institutional and commercial partners and stakeholders will be involved in the delivery of actionable recommendations."

So various people will be included so things can be done.

Kaspars Briškens, Head of Strategy and Development for Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS, said: “Rail Baltica must be recognized as more than just a railway, which, in turn, will pave the way for more integrated planning and synchronized developments of other related infrastructure so that the value of potential improvements is significantly greater than the sum of its parts.”

The study and recommendations are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2022. 

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