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About the project

Following the regain of independence of the Baltic States in the 90s of the past century, an idea about connecting the Baltic States to “the heart of Europe” was born. The idea intended to renew direct connection to the railway network of Europe by building a new European standard 1435 mm gauge railway in the Baltic States and connecting such metropoles as Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Vilnius – Warsaw – Berlin and prolonging the route to other European cities up to Venice in the future. Indirectly this route includes also Finland, since the planning incorporates an idea to build an underwater tunnel, which could connect Tallinn and Helsinki by train.

 
 
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Environmentally friendly:

Rail Baltica will be fully electrified so that any emissions will be avoided. The newest technologies and materials are going to be utilised in it’s construction. The line is planned so that it avoids the Nature2000 protected areas as far as it is practical without significant increase in travel time. Wherever necessary, noise protection barriers will be installed. Special animal passages will be built through the embankment.

 

Safe:

Rail Baltica will be built according to the most stringent safety requirements. The newest generation of European railway traffic management system (ERTMS) will be used to control the train movement. All crossings with roads and pedestrian pathways will be at two levels. It will be fenced in full length. Passenger stations will have all the necessary facilities in order to make the access to the train services an easy and pleasant experience to anybody.

 

Modern:

Rail Baltica will be built using the most up-to-date technologies and materials. Some of them are still in the process of elaboration, standardisation or early stages of commercialisation. New intermodal freight terminals will be built in each of the Baltic countries to allow for fast and efficient transfer of containerised cargo between different transport modes. Railway stations will represent the latest developments in the area of multimodal passenger terminals connecting conveniently different urban, regional and long distance services with car and bike parking, shopping and recreative areas.

 

Investment

Overall Rail Baltica budget is around 4 billion Euro with European Union support up to 85%. This investment will generate 11,900 jobs. It is estimated that each job in railways create 1,14 additional jobs in other industries.

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Latvia

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Rail Baltica's map and possible route realisation were the most interesting topics among Latvia inhabitants. Rail Baltica had the biggest pubic discussion in Latvia’s history. People of 15 regions of Latvia showed their interest in project and contacted the project’s information centre.

More information about Rail Baltica can be found online
www.sam.gov.lv, www.railbaltica.info, www.vpvb.gov.lv/ivn/projekti, www.environment.lv.

What does rail baltica mean to Latvia?

  • Effect on nature: biotopes, birds, animals: Construction of tunnels and passages are to be based on inspection of animal migration routes. Examination of biotopes and micro-reserves to decrease the effect on nature.
  • It also will strengthen the national security of Latvia, and develop tourism, many regions will have new workplaces.
  • Due to new railway network, transporting the freight by rail will increase as well as trains top speed and convenient passenger connection. Rail Baltica could be an environmentally friendly alternative solution to the planned Via Baltica motorway as well as highways to Poland and Germany.
  • Central railway station will be renewed and updated to the level of multimodal centre, RIX airport will have railway connection,
  • In future railway will be used for three types of transportation: high-speed trains running among Baltic states, freight trains and national connection between newly built stations.

Time

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Effect on Environment

  • Noise level transformation: noise simulation to prevent noise overbalance near living spaces
  • Effect on landscape: different options to be visualised to pick the proper one
  • Effect on historical & cultural values: solutions to be approved with National inspection of cultural monuments
  • Effect on nature: biotopes, birds, animals: Construction of tunnels and passages are to be based on inspection of animal migration routes. Examination of biotopes and micro-reserves to decrease the effect on nature.

Railroad’s Location

LocationRail Baltica connection between RIX airport and Riga’s central railway station will be constructed till 2022. Also Riga Central passenger station will be converted into a multimodal passenger terminal to complete the modern trip across 15 regions of Latvia. It is also envisaged to build the intermodal freight terminal where Rail Baltica intersects with the existing railway system. Such a centre of logistics will also make a great contribution to Latvian economy offering new work places.

 
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Lithuania

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The objectives of the project “Rail Baltica”, having regard to increased freight volumes over the last years and the amount of road transport in the South – North direction. Lithuania has all favourable conditions to fortify its positions in the freight flow corridors as the “gateway” country for freight transit. Such a developed chain will increase freight volumes of the container trains like “Vikingas”, “West Express” and “Saulė” and allow for creation of new container train routes.

The Republic of Lithuania is participating in implementation of the international transport project “Rail Baltica” which by a high-quality railway line shall connect Warsaw, Kaunas, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki. Currently, Lithuania conducted the “Rail Baltica” construction from the Polish and Lithuanian borders to Kaunas. The works will be completed till end of December 2015.

In little over two years until 2015 contractors will build 123 km long new European standard gauge track. During the entire reconstruction period the following will be reconstructed, installed and built:

 

Estonia

2003
The project Rail Baltica was included in the list of the priority projects according to the proposal submitted to the European Council by the European Commission
2004
Rail Baltica was included into the National Plan Estonia 2030+
2005
Preparations for construction work will be continued, and the work could begin.
2017-2018
Preparations for construction work will be continued, and the work could begin
2022
One of the objective of construction work is to get as much built as possible by this year
 

Future

The goal of the project Rail Baltica is to integrate the Baltic States in the European rail network and to include the four European Union countries – Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and indirectly also Finland – in it by prolonging the connection Tallinn-Helsinki.

Boost the growth and integration of economy in the Baltics through offering new, highly efficient transport solution that would significantly enhance the people mobility, create new jobs and business development opportunities, by integrating the Baltic railway systems into the European Rail Freight Corridor No.8.

Support innovation through implementing new advanced technologies, and reduce the ecological footprint of transport in the Baltics by offering environmentally friendly services of electrified railway where today fuels are widely used. European Commission agreed on the aim to reduce carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.

The project intends to build a new 1435 mm European standard gauge railway line in the Baltic States and to connect such metropoles as Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Vilnius - Warsaw, which the passengers and cargo are going to reach with a fast, modern and environmentally friendly railway transport.