Honouring the pro-active municipalities involved in the planning of Rail Baltica

21. March, 2017

On 15 March, at the council meeting of the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments the Minister of Transport, Mr Uldis Augulis, presented honorary certificates by the Cabinet of Ministers to representatives from all 15 municipalities, who took pro-active part in the planning of Rail Baltica and the territories of which will be crossed in future by the European gauge railway Rail Baltica.

According to a governmental decree, the honorary certificates for pro-active work in the implementation of European gauge railway project Rail Baltica study project were presented to the Salacgrīva, Limbaži, Sējas, Inčukalns, Ropaži, Garkalne, Stopiņi, Salaspils, Ķekava, Iecava, Bauska, Baldone, Mārupe, and Olaine municipality councils, and Riga City council.

Augulis, the Minister of Transport, pointed out: „For the first time in Latvia, so many municipalities and inhabitants have been involved in the planning of a project, which is crucial for the country and its growth. The alignment of Rail Baltica route has been developed in close cooperation with fifteen municipalities and inhabitants, considering their interests and the municipal development prospects. However, besides the directly affected municipalities, the whole country will benefit from this project through new jobs, economic growth, and development of national economy. Rail Baltic will create a new economic corridor. Already now, both at municipal and national level it is important to consider in advance for it to be used not only in the transport industry. Apart from that it shall be planned to be used in medicine, tourism and other services after the accessibility of services in Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania through Rail Baltica will be established. Appreciating the historical investment for the benefit of the whole society, I invited the government to award these municipalities with a certificate of honour.“

With the implementation of Rail Baltica, the transport industry, which is among the backbones of Latvian national economy and among the key three GDP contributors in Latvia, will be able to develop new industrial territories in Salacgrīva, Limbaži, Salaspils, Inčukalns, Olaine, Iecava, and Bauska municipalities. There will be multifunctional passenger transport hubs at Riga Railway Station and Airport Riga. The railway route of Rail Baltica has been created to preserve the existing railway, road, power, and gas communications.

It has already been reported that Rail Baltica is a railway transport project, which aims to integrate the Baltic States within the European railway network, and at present it covers four countries: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. It is envisaged to build a new more than 700 km long European gauge (1435 mm) railway line with a maximum speed of 240 km/h contributing to mobility of inhabitants and cargo shipments on the North-South axis, and a sustainable and diversified development of national economies, along with the competitiveness to connect the metropolises Tallinn–Riga–Kaunas–Warsaw–Berlin by fast and eco-friendly railway transport traffic. 

Press photo, Ministry of Transport