Rail Baltica company reports progress

The three Baltic countries are in a similar situation as regards the development of the Rail Baltica project, Neils Balgalis, the spatial planning expert for RB Latvija told Latvian Television's Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday.

The Rail Baltica initiative is going as planned in all the Baltic states, told Balgalis, announcing a plant for the project managers from all the three states to flock to a conference where they'll be discussing the states' individual views on the project and the steps needed to be taken.

Furthermore, the EU funding for the project could be secured within this year, said Belgalis.

He also said that during the last five months technical solutions have been created for the whole track - about building bridges, crossing farmland, and allowing access to properties. Previously it was estimated that RailBaltica could affect about 2,000 properties, while the number is less than 1,000 now.

The project research phase continued until autumn this year - technical solutions were created, along with estimating the project's effect on the environment for discussion in the municipalities that the Rail Baltica track will cross.

The railway will run 265 kilometers in Latvia, through the municipalities of Salacgrīva, Limbaži, Sēja, Inčukalns, Ropaži, Garkalne, Stopiņi, Salaspils, Ķekava, Balodne, Iecava, Olaine, Mārupe, Bauska and the territory of the Rīga municipality.

Rail Baltica is a proposed high-speed line to link Helsinki with Berlin through the Baltic capitals by 2024.

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