Rail Baltica section Rīga-Kaunas could be the first to open

The Rail Baltica railway line is scheduled to be unveiled in stages between 2026 and 2030, the Executive Director of the Baltic States joint undertaking AS RB Agnis Driksna said in an interview with Latvian Radio on July 7.

Driksna said that traffic along the planned 870-kilometer railway line would begin in stages rather than all at the same time. The stages would open gradually from 2026 to 2030.

One of the first opening stages could be in the section Rīga-Kaunas, Driksna said. In the meantime the section from Tallinn to Parnu will be constructed in Estonia's direction, as well as a connection and logistics with the ports of Tallinn. Afterwards, the line will be connected from Parnu to Rīga.

Driksna also said that the increase in Rail Baltica's costs due to inflation could be assessed in the following year as the prices of building materials fluctuate daily and should therefore be assessed on an annual basis. However, until now, inflation or material shortages have not significantly affected the timetable for the project.

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