Rail Baltica discussion available to watch online

Policymakers responsible for coordinating, funding, and realising the €5.8bn Rail Baltica project presented their latest plans and timelines for completion during a webinar titled ‘Rail Baltica as driver of economic development in the post-COVID recovery’ on 1 July 2020.

The webinar was organised by the International Railway Summit, in association with Rail Baltica and is available to watch online on demand, though registration is required.

"The Rail Baltica project is slated to begin operation in 2026 and is currently in the advanced design phase. Upon completion, it will consist of 870km of rail infrastructure connecting the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) to the rest of Europe. The region, currently operating on the Russian gauge, will thereafter be integrated with the standard gauge that covers the majority of the EU's rail network," introductory materials state, adding that Rail Baltica is "one of the largest transport megaprojects being undertaken in the world today."

The webinar is split into two parts, with only part one currently available, covering the project’s progress, procurement strategies, and technical requirements for suppliers. Infrastructure component and construction tenders are expected later this year, and the latest time frames were also addressed. Tenders are set to include the procurement of infrastructure components such as rails, turnouts and rail expansion joints, sleepers, sleeper pads, fasteners, and ballast, as well as construction works.


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