Rail Baltica starts building ramp near Rīga airport

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The construction of first ramp for the Rail Baltica railway station project at Rīga International Airport has begun, said construction company “B.S.L. Infra” on September 13.

The ramp will be a unique building in Latvia, with the track being raised above the ground so as not to disrupt traffic to the airport. Traffic flow will be ensured during the works.

Maija Baltgalve, a member of the executive committee of the full company B.S.L. Infra, said that the Rail Baltica project covers not only the construction of a railway station but also railway tracks from Imanta station to Mārupe.

"A high-speed rail line of 4.5 kilometers will be stretched on the ramp, its embankment and overpasses. In the station area near the airport, the ramp will reach a height of 13 meters, with a total length of 2 kilometers, including a 200-meter, monolithic section through the station building. The poles are unique in their diameter of 1.20 meters [..]. This is an interesting construction challenge at the Latvian level,” Baltgalve said.

The Rail Baltica project foresees that once an hour, a high-speed train will run between the Rīga airport and the Riga Central Railway Station in each direction, bringing passengers from one station to the other in 8 minutes. The construction works of the full company “B.S.L. Infra” plan to be carried out sequentially in five steps until December 2025. The first phase of work – the construction of the Rail Baltica railway station terminal, driveways, and related infrastructure – will have to be completed by March/April 2023.

The financing of the project within the range of 81-85% is provided by the Connecting Europe Facility, while the remainder is funded by the State budget of Latvia.

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