RIGA - Eiropas Dzelzcels Linijas (EDzL), the company in charge of the implementation of Rail Baltica railway project in Latvia, has announced a tender to design 17 train stations and passenger infrastructure that will be built in Latvia as part of the project, LETA was told at the company.
Altogether, 16 train stations, or regional mobility points, are planned along the main Rail Baltica line in Latvia, plus a new train station on the existing railway line in Riga, next to Pauls Stradins Hospital. Additionally, several other possible locations are being considered for construction of more mobility points in the future.
Multimodal mobility points or locations are being planned as meeting points for various modes of transport - long-distance and municipal buses, private motor vehicles and electric transport, scooters, bicycles and other micro-mobility vehicles. Also, various services will be developed in these areas.
EDzL board chairman Kaspars Vingris indicated that the Rail Baltica line's regional mobility will significantly improve the speed of transportation and various services. The 17 regional train stations, which will allow to develop new mobility points with integrated services, will be built as services centers for residents and will provide services 40 kilometers around them.
The competition for the rights to design the mobility points will take place in one round. December 17, 2021 is the deadline for bids. The winner of the contract will have 19 months, until the end of 2023, to fulfill the contract.
As reported, Rail Baltica is a double track, European standard 1,435 mm gauge electrified railroad for passenger and freight transport to be built from Tallinn to the Lithuanian-Polish border. The overall length of the railroad 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.