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Two companies shall compete for an opportunity to design a Rail Baltica’s airport Riga railway station

10. December 2017. g.

After the evaluation of applications of five candidates to the requirements of the first stage tender regulations of the international tender „Construction design of Rail Baltica’s airport Riga railway station, related infrastructure, and viaduct”: the experience of the candidate and the experts involved thereof in the development of equivalent construction designs confirming their abilities and professional competences in the implementation of such projects, two companies have been recognized as eligible - AECOM INOCSA S.L.U and partnership of suppliers PROSIV.

The tenderers that have been nominated for the 2nd stage, within 35 days from November 23 of this year, shall have to prepare and submit a technical and financial offer in accordance with the requirements of the 2nd stage tender regulations, including the technical specifications. The procurement commission consisting of three representatives of joint venture of Baltic States RB Rail AS, Ministry of Transport, project implementer company Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, as well the representatives of international airport Riga shall evaluate the submitted tender on the design and author supervision works, as well the time schedule for the performance of works and energy efficiency class of the building.

It was already reported that within the international tender „Construction design of Rail Baltica’s airport Riga railway station, related infrastructure, and viaduct” initiated last November applications from five candidates from Latvia as well as international companies and partnerships of suppliers: from AECOM INOCSA S.L.U (Spain), partnership of suppliers Egis Rail (France, Lithuania), SIA Rem Pro (Latvia), partnership of suppliers SYSTRA S.A./COWI AS (France, Denmark) and partnership of suppliers PROSIV (Latvia, Slovakia, Italy) were received.

Herald Ruijters, European Comission „Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport”, DG MOVE director, said: „The newly built Rail Baltica railway line will enable a new economic corridor to emerge. This will not only create a strong integration within the regional market but will include the Baltic states ever more closelyinto the supply chains of European and global significance. Transport and mobility are enablers for the effective performance of the EU economy, the efficiency of which is essentially increased by multimodal transportation nodes – direct connections between airports, railway and ports. Such is the basic principle of the EU's TEN-T policy, for all EU Member States to benefit from access to well adeveloped and integrated European transport network which ensures unrestricted and seamless movements of people and goods.”

Commenting construction of the planned Rail Baltica station at the Riga International Airport, transport expert Tālis Linkaits said: „Construction of Rail Baltica complies with long-term development plan and vision of the Riga International Airport. One of the fundamental elements of every contemporary airport is connection with railway network. Rail Baltica will expand the potential catchment area of the Riga International Airport towards Lithuania and Estonia. Together with the Park & Ride option of the airport, the new connection will allow passengers combine various transportation types. RB railway station will strengthen the role of the Riga International Airport as the main Baltic transport hub and will improve interconnection of Latvia with other countries of the European Union. I hope that construction of railway connection between the centre of Riga City and the airport will give a new life to many territories along the railway so that living space in this Baltic metropolis became attractive to inhabitants and investors, as well as compliant with the requirements of the 21st century.”

The project (planned Rail Baltica station at the Riga International Airport) is complicated and shall introduce a new experience because until now placing of the railway on the viaduct has not been carried out in Latvia. One task is to design the station and also the railway connection that connects to the airport. That is the section from Imanta station where the new railway shall branch off towards the airport, shall cross K. Ulmaņa Gatve via the fly-over and shall reach the airport via viaduct, while the railway station to be designed shall be located opposite to the passenger terminal building. It is important that the airport terminal and the railway station are at a distance so that passengers do not need additional transport to get between the two buildings. The railway station is to be connected at the same height with the airport's expanded terminal, which is planned to be developed until 2022. The works shall be carried out in a way not hindering the passenger flow during their performance.

The planned contract price for the design works is 2.2 million euro, and the works shall have to be performed during 17 months. When the design works shall near their completion it is planned to timely initiate procurement on the construction works.