Time capsule with message to future generations placed in foundations of Rail Baltica Riga Central Station

  • 2022-07-20
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - A time capsule with a message to future generations was on Wednesday placed in the foundations of Rail Baltica Riga Central Station.

The transport ministers of the Baltic states and the project's implementers prepared the time capsule on September 21, 2021, European Railway Day. The capsule contains a joint message of the three Baltic transport ministers and present day items.

In their message, the ministers describe Rail Baltica as the European Union's transport project of the century which will reconnect the Baltics to the European transport system. 

The capsule also contains a message from BeReRix general partnership, the July 20 issue of the Latvian daily Diena, as well as children's drawings depicting future Rail Baltica trains. 

Latvian Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (Conservatives) said at the ceremony that Rail Baltica Riga Central Station has the potential to become a convenient, modern and passenger-friendly transport hub. 

Riga Vice Mayor Vilnis Kirsis (New Unity) indicated that "this project brings us closer to the part of Europe in which we want to be and takes us away from the part that will remain behind the iron curtain".

BeReRix representative Andis Linde informed that over 90 percent of the designing work has been completed already that to ensure a smooth process, the company has been working with more than 100 partners. 

Rail Baltica is the largest railway infrastructure project in the Baltic states and a key project of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) North Sea-Baltic Corridor, which aims to integrate the Baltic States into a single European railway network.

The project involves five EU member states: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, and, indirectly, Finland.