Besix JV secures £381m contract for Rail Baltica Central Station project

WCN Editorial Team 5 Jun 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Belgian construction firm Besix in a joint venture (JV) with SIA RERE BŪVE has been awarded a contract worth €430m (£381m) to design and build the Rail Baltica Central Station project.

The contract has been awarded by Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas (EDzL), the executive agency of the Latvian Ministry of Transport for the execution of the Rail Baltica project in Latvia.

The Rail Baltica Central Station project forms part of the €5bn (£4.4bn) Rail Baltica Project, which is aimed at integrating the Baltic states in the European rail network.

European Union has financed the project through the Connecting Europe Facility (85%) and the Republic of Latvia (15%).

The scope of the work will include the construction of the Central Station in Riga, a major railway bridge on the Daugava river, the railway embankments and track works.

Additionally, the JV will install, plan and coordinate all temporary infrastructure to ensure rail traffic flow during the works.

Covering an area of 12,600m², the Central Station building features in a long-span steel structure with a 2,100m² glazed roof. The works also involve the passenger platforms, the refurbishment of the existing station building, pedestrian tunnels, the junction between Timoteja and Elizabetes streets and associated demolition works.

With a total length of 1,056m, the railway bridge will be installed next to the existing one over the Daugava River, from Maskavas to Jelgavas streets. The work will also include embankments, emergency access and safety barriers along with the improvement of adjacent areas.

Furthermore, the JV will be responsible for the installation of new rails and a new catenary system over a 2.5km distance within the city of Riga.

"The installation of the new rails involves the reconstruction of the 1520mm gauge track as well as the construction of 1435mm gauge infrastructure complying with the European rail network standard. Temporary rails will be installed during the works," Besix said in a statement.

BESIX CEO Rik Vandenberghe said: "BESIX is very proud to participate in the construction of the Rail Baltica project. This is a major infrastructure project, for Latvia and the Baltic states of course, but also for Europe as a whole and the economic integration of the continent.

"The Central Station project, located in the heart of Riga, presents a high level of complexity that BESIX, along with its partner SIA RERE BŪVE, is honoured to achieve.

"In this regard, the Republic of Latvia can count on BESIX’s Engineering department and operational staff, in particular on their extensive expertise in the construction of state-of-the-art transport infrastructure, to make this project a great success."

The works are scheduled to be completed in 2026.

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Image: The Rail Baltica Central Station project forms part of the €5bn (£4.4bn) Rail Baltica Project. Photo: Courtesy of BESIX.

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