May 17, 2018

Second detailed design tender launched for Rail Baltica project

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Artist's impression of the planned station in Riga. Artist's impression of the planned station in Riga.

LATVIA’s Ministry of Transport has issued a call for tender on behalf of RB Rail for the detailed design and design supervision of a 60km section of the standard-gauge Rail Baltica project linking Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The deadline for submissions is June 18.


The 60km 250km/h double-track line in Latvia comprises a 29km section from Vangaži to Ķivuļurga River and a 31km section from there via Salaspils to Misa River.

“Construction of 10 bridges, including a bridge over Daugava River with a projected length 1.6km, 14 road viaducts, 15 railway viaducts, four eco-ducts, 45 culverts and 12 main gas-pipeline crossings are planned as a part of the design specification,” says Mr Mart Nielsen, RB Rail’s chief technical officer.

A two-stage tender process is planned, starting with the selection of candidates who will be given detailed information on the scope of the services to be procured and invited to submit proposals in the second stage.

RB Rail is the Rail Baltica joint venture responsible for developing the €5.8bn standard-gauge high-speed line linking Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Poland which is due to open in 2026.

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Rail baltica Latvia map portrait

The 60km section (shown in red) will pass to the east of Riga which will be served by a loop line.

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