The Minister of Transport welcomes the accomplished within the implementation of Rail Baltica project
The Member of the Board of Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas (EDZL) Andris Linužs, Director of Development and Communication Department Agnis Driksna and Director of Legal Department Kristīne Krūmiņa met with the Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis on March 26 to discuss the accomplished within the implementation of Rail Baltica project in Latvia, as well as works planned for this year.
Rail Baltica requires sustainable, profitable solutions
Andris Linužs informed that the most significant in 2018, along with the introduction of Rail Baltica, is the development of facilities that will ensure the reimbursement of the new 1435 mm railway infrastructure. As an example A. Linužs mentioned the construction of the largest in the Baltics cargo transportation centre in Salaspils, as well as passenger and cargo transportation, connecting the airport with the Rail Baltica railway. It is necessary already this year to approve the management concept of Salaspils logistics centre and purposefully continue the development of the logistics centre in order to ensure the profit opportunities offered by cargo transportation in Latvia. “It is important to choose sustainable solutions based on the latest technological solutions of the 21st century, as the new railways should serve not only a hundred but also the next two hundred years” emphasized Andris Linužs.
By informing about the progress made in 2017, the representatives of Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas emphasized that the project has entered the next phase of the design development. With the construction of a new, Rail Baltica, railway infrastructure the railway and airport connected activities shall be ensured in Latvia. By Riga becoming a central transport hub in the Baltics, each 2 hours a train shall depart to one of Europe's cities and passengers heading the direction city centre – airport shall be available in 12 minutes.
We already reported that in March Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas has concluded a contract on the construction design of Rail Baltica’s airport Riga railway station, related infrastructure, and viaduct. To ensure the development of both stations, at the end of this year it is planned to conclude a contract for the most complex and largest object of the Rail Baltica project - the modernization of the Central Station, the construction of a new bridge and the design and construction of an overpass. Following the announcement of the first stage of the tender last year, applications from seven international partnerships were received. Now Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas is carrying out a targeted work: preparing the technical requirements of the complex object for the design and construction task. There is a cooperation going on with more than 10 Latvian institutions and companies in order to fully prepare the task for the designers and constructors.
The Minister was also informed about the progress of the project support activities: this year the largest archaeological research in the area adjoining the route is carried out in Latvia in order to preserve the heritage. The expropriation of property has been started within the framework of which the Expropriation Advisory Centre of Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas is operating.
“The design of Rail Baltica station and main railway line on the territory of International airport Riga is a complicated task that has not yet been implemented in Latvia. The construction of a new multifunctional passenger servicing complex and railway connection between the centre of Riga and airport Riga shall improve the accessibility of Latvia, shall promote the development of the airport and strengthen the position of the main market leader in the Baltics,” said U. Augulis. The Minister emphasized that Rail Baltica project has ambitious deadlines, therefore it is important that all parties involved: the designers, the contracting entity, the joint venture of all three Baltic States RB Rail, International Airport Riga, other holders of communications, local municipalities of Marupe and Riga, cooperate towards the achievement of a common goal.
Augulis welcomed the first Rail Baltica construction design and supervision contract on the construction design of Rail Baltica’s airport Riga railway station, related infrastructure, and viaduct signed this month. We remind that on March 20 it was signed by the European gauge project implementer in Latvia Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas SIA and the winner of the open international tender - partnership of suppliers from three countries „PROSIV” („Sintagma” (Italy), „Prodex” (Slovakia) and „Vektors T” (Latvia)).