Tender announced to design 139 km of Rail Baltica mainline in Latvia

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RB Rail AS, the joint venture of the Baltic states to construct the 6-billion-euro Rail Baltica infrastructure project, announced a tender for the design and design supervision services of the Rail Baltica main line North and South sections in Latvia on July 8. 

The first part of the tender covers a 94 km long section from Vangaži to the Latvia-Estonia state border. According the preliminary technical design, the section is estimated to include a number of infrastructure objects such as 36 road viaducts,13 bridges, 3 railway viaducts, 3 animal crossings and regional stations in Salacgrīva, Skulte and Ādaži "to be designed on a conceptual level". 

The second part covers a 45 km long section from Misa to the Latvia-Lithuania state border and, according the preliminary technical design, is estimated to include16 road viaducts, 4 bridges, 4 railway viaducts, 1 animal crossing and regional stations in Bauska and Iecava.      

Both lots are being tendered under one procurement procedure but shall be contracted individually with the winning contractors to deliver design and design supervision services for the construction of railway track substructure, superstructure as well as related civil structures on the new standard gauge (1435 mm) high speed double track electrified railway line.

“By launching yet another main line design tender for Rail Baltica, we continue steady progress towards the construction phase of the railway. By now, design works have already started on the sections of the line from Kaunas to Lithuania-Latvia state border as well as from Pärnu to Tallinn. Meanwhile in Latvia, all key Rail Baltica elements – the two main line sections around Rīga and Rail Baltica passenger stations in Rīga Central Station and Rīga International Airport – have reached the design phase”, said Timo Riihimäki, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of RB Rail AS.

“So far, experienced international engineering and construction companies from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain together with Baltic partners have joined the Rail Baltica project and are contributing towards the project implementation. I strongly encourage international and national engineering companies to continue an active participation in this European flagship project,” he said. 

During the first stage of procurement, potential participants are requested to submit applications to verify their qualification. Full technical information to qualified participants will be issued during the second stage, followed by the submission of the initial proposals, possible negotiations and submission of the final proposals. The first stage application deadline is 5 August 2019.

On July 5 Rail Baltica signed two design contracts with French, German, Spanish and Latvian companies to commence design works on a 123 kilometres long central section from Upeslejas through Riga to Misa and from Vangaži through Salaspils to Misa. The design works are carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Transport of Latvia. 

“Rail Baltica is indeed a game-changer project in many aspects, not just transport... I expect the best result, embedded in the European best-practice for the benefit of Latvia and the global project,” said Tālis Linkaits, the Minister of Transport of Latvia. 

More about Rail Baltica project is available at the official website: www.railbaltica.org

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