RB Rail awards two design contracts for Rail Baltica main line in Latvia


RB Rail, a joint venture of three Baltic States Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that is implementing the Rail Baltica project, has awarded two contracts for the design and design supervision services for the two sections of the railway line in Latvia.

Estimated to cost more than €5bn, the Rail Baltica greenfield rail transport project aims to integrate the Baltic States in the European rail network.

The first contract, worth €13.5m, has been awarded to consortium INECO-ARDANUY for a 94km-long section from Vangaži to the Latvian-Estonian State border. The design works are planned to be completed in 30 months.

RB Rail signed the second contract to with a consortium comprising IDOM, Consulting, Engineering, Architecture, for a 45km section from Misa to the Latvian-Lithuanian border. Design work is expected to be completed in 24 months. The value of the contract is €6.9m.

Latvian Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits said: “The active construction phase of Rail Baltica, which will begin at Riga Central Station this autumn, will be one of the factors contributing to Latvia’s economic development and will help to recover from the effects of Covid-19.

“The start of construction work in Latvia will create new jobs and make a significant contribution to the development of construction-related industries.”

The two contractors will be responsible for the development of the master design, and technical design for railway track.

The scope of the two contracts also includes site investigations, value engineering, and author supervision during the entire construction phase.

RB Rail management board chairperson Agnis Driksna said: “With the signing of the two contracts, design activities are ongoing on the entire line of Rail Baltica in Latvia, as well as in the two passenger terminals in Riga Central Station and airport.

“By this, in total 643 km of Rail Baltica main line are being designed in all three Baltic States.”

Illustration of Rail Baltica greenfield rail transport project. (Credit: Rail Baltica)

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