Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas and the Latvian-Spanish association RERE Ineco signed a cooperation agreement to design the construction of Rail Baltica in Latvia, which will serve 16 regional stations and two main stations in the capital. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Railway Pro.

Rail Baltica

Regional trains of the Rail Baltica line will stop at both international and regional stations and reach speeds of up to 200 km/h.

“As soon as Rail Baltica regional trains start running, people will no longer need to choose places of residence closer to the center or to Riga. The regions in the south and in the north of the country will have an equally convenient location. It will be possible to get to the place of residence and to the place of work comfortably and quickly. In addition, opportunities will be provided to create new jobs in the regions or even to work in neighboring countries, such as Kaunas or Pärnu,” said Kaspars Vingris, Chairman of the Board of Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas.

The Rail Baltica railway system is designed to provide cross-border regional train traffic, which will connect the border regions of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The system will ensure prompt transfer to international trains.

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Depending on the expected number of passengers, in general, three types of regional stations are planned – large, medium and small stations. The station buildings are characterized by a glass façade, which allows the design of the premises to be light and transparent, as well as the use of wood paneling on the walls.

It is planned that all station buildings will be near-zero emissions and meet the highest environmental requirements. When planning regional stations, the improvement of the station territory is considered in such a way that passengers can not only enjoy an attractive environment, but also use a functionally planned, convenient and comfortable external space.

The length of the Rail Baltica railway in Latvia will be 260 km, and construction work is expected to start in 2023 outside of Riga. On October 31, the deadline for submitting applications for the construction of the mainline expired, five companies and joint ventures were selected to participate in this stage.

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