Rail Baltica Estonia has awarded new construction contracts worth €107m ($116.06m) for the Rail Baltica mainline in Rapla County in the country.

Verston and Järelpinge Inseneribüroo, collaborating on a joint bid, will commence the construction of the railway section in the municipalities of Kohila and Rapla. 

Funding for the contracts comes from the Connecting Europe Facility, covering up to 85% of the costs. 

Rail Baltic Estonia CEO Anvar Salomets said: “The construction contracts signed today in Kohila municipality, covering over 16km of mainline construction, represent a significant milestone, showcasing the increasing maturity of our railway development. 

“This year, we anticipate finalising contracts or even commencing actual construction activities on approximately 50km of the Rail Baltica mainline in Estonia.” 

The project’s first phase will span 9.4km, with construction starting from the border of Harju and Rapla counties to Loone village in Kohila municipality.  

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This phase includes the construction of a 15m-wide mainline embankment and seven major structures, among them an ecoduct, five road viaducts, and a pedestrian tunnel.  

Additionally, preparations will be made for the future Rail Baltica Kohila local station. 

Land clearance for the mainline railway is noted to have been largely completed in this section, with approximately 95% of the required lands acquired.  

Construction of the Kohila traffic node is the remaining task. The cost for this phase is estimated at €60m.

The second phase will see the construction of a 7.1km railway embankment with drainage and land improvement systems. 

Around 10km of maintenance and access roads are also part of the plan. 

Construction is expected to begin in the coming months and is anticipated to be completed by late 2027. 

In January this year, Rail Baltica Estonia signed a construction contract with joint bidders TREV-2 Grupp and AllSpark for the initial section of the high-speed railway’s mainline section.