The spatial planning for the new line in Latvia was approved by the Latvian government in August 2016 followed by the Lithuanian government’s approval in January 2017 for its section from Kaunas to the Latvian border. The only exception is the section from Kaunas to the Polish border, which is subject to the results of an upgrade feasibility study.
During the planning process for the Rail Baltica section in Estonia, 86 public discussions were held involving 4214 participants and interested parties.
“The spatial planning and preliminary technical design are the fundamental activities of the planning stage of the implementation of the Rail Baltica project,” says Ms Baiba Rubesa, CEO and chairperson of RB Rail. “We have now fully completed the planning stage of Rail Baltica. The next step is to focus on the consolidated preliminary technical design and detailed technical design of the Rail Baltica infrastructure in all three countries.”
The Rail Baltica project involves building an 870km electrified standard-gauge railway linking the three Baltic capitals of Tallinn, Estonia, Riga, Latvia, and Vilnius, Lithuanian with a connection to the European standard-gauge network in Poland. The railway will be designed for operation by 240km/h passenger trains and 120km/h freight trains and will form part of the European Union’s North Sea Baltic TEN-T corridor.
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