What to expect from Rail Baltica in 2021 in Latvia

Procurement for the construction of the railway project “Rail Baltica” is likely to be launched this year, according to a report prepared by the project implementers RB Rail January 26.

Representatives of RB Rail indicated that 2020 marked the start of construction work for Rail Baltica in all three Baltic States. On November 17, 2020, Latvia joined Lithuania and Estonia, where construction work for Rail Baltica had already been launched.

What to expect from Rail Baltica in 2021?

The design work of the Rail Baltica base route will continue throughout Latvia. This year, the outline of the Rail Baltica infrastructure will become more precise, giving answers to municipalities and residents about the location of the new line and the technical solutions. Starting in January this year, design work has been launched on the single railway/road bridge across the Daugava at Salaspils, the only bridge of this kind in the Baltic.

Construction work will continue at the Rail Baltica station in Riga and will start at Riga airport. It is also planned to reach an agreement between the Baltic States on the construction strategy and to launch the first construction procurement of the main route in Latvia and Estonia.

Active work will continue to attract the next round of funding from EU funds.

The planning of the regional stations of Rail Baltica will start, as well as the development of the Salaspils freight terminal and infrastructure maintenance points in Skulte and Iecava. Another infrastructure facility - a depot - is planned near Jaunmārupe.

In total, 16 regional stations are planned on the Rail Baltica route in Latvia, 11 in Lithuania, 12 in Estonia.

RB Rail pointed out that cooperation with local authorities and residents is an important part of the project. “Thanks to this cooperation, the project has received valuable feedback on how to improve project integration in both urban and rural areas,” said the company's representatives.

Latest updates on the Rail Baltica construction and project implementation is available at this website.

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