Construction of Rail Baltica central hub in Riga to start on November 17

  • 2020-10-19
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Construction of Rail Baltica central hub in Riga - Riga Central Station and the adjacent infrastructure - will commence on November 17, as Rita Voronkova, a representative of the project implementer in Latvia, Eiropas Dzelzcela Linijas, informed LETA.

Construction of Rail Baltica central hub in Riga will proceed in several stages. During implementation of the project, the station and Riga bus terminal will continue to operate.

Rail Baltica central hub in Riga will be constructed by BeReRIX, which is currently planning, in cooperation with the Riga authorities, traffic organization and pedestrian flows so as to minimize the impact on movement in the vicinity of the construction site.

Starting from October 28, Riga residents and guests will be able to learn about changes in traffic and pedestrian flows on the website of Eiropas Dzelzcela Linijas, edzl.lv, which will be functionally improved so that users can quickly and easily find the necessary information. Among other things, an interactive real-time map of the construction project will be available on the website. Information about traffic restrictions will also be posted on the Rail Baltica project website info.railbaltica.org.

During the first stage of the project, which will continue until end-2020, underground utilities and lighting will be built, as well as a new transformer substation.

As reported, Rail Baltica is a double track, European standard 1,435 mm gauge electrified railway for passenger and freight transport to be built from Tallinn to the Lithuanian-Polish border. The overall length of the railway will be 870 kilometers.

The initial cost of the project was estimated at EUR 5.8 billion, with a portion of the costs being financed through EU funds. The project was expected to be completed and open for traffic in 2026.