The Rail Baltica railway will be launched in 2030, not in 2026, as it was supposed.

Запуск магистрали Rail Baltica отложили до 2030 года

Rail Baltica

This was announced by Tina Grunberg, Chairman of the Board of Rail Baltic Estonia, informs Railway Supply magazine referring to RZD-Partner.

“Until now, 2026 has been our own goal; this term has not been fixed at the European level. But now, unfortunately, it becomes clear that we cannot meet this schedule. On the one hand, there is no time to complete the technical and construction parts of the project, on the other hand, funding does not fully cover the entire project,” the official stressed.

First Rail Baltica contracts signed in Estonia in 2021

He noted that the launch of the highway should take place before 2030, because this year the European transport network TENT-T should be ready for operation.

As Tina Grunberg added, the planning of the highway section in the territory of Pärnu County hinders the construction of Rail Baltic on the territory of Estonia.

And there are also problems with the design of the main route. The European gauge railway (1435 mm) Rail Baltica is to connect Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas (with a branch to Vilnius), Warsaw and Berlin, improving communication between Central and Eastern Europe.

The cost of the project was previously estimated at about 5.8 billion euros, and most of the funding (about 85%) was promised by the European Commission.

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