Rail Baltica Receives Additional €1.1 billion for Next Project Phase
Rail Baltica is set to receive an additional €1.1 billion in order to complete the next phases of extensive projects in Latvia and Estonia.
Rail Balticajoint venture of the Baltic States,RB Rail AS, announced the signing of an additional cross-border Grant Agreement forConnecting Europe Facility (CEF)funding, which amounts to €928 millionCEFsupport. This substantial funding, combined with national co-financing from the three Baltic States, will exceed €1.1 billion, enabling necessary activities for further high-speed infrastructure development. With the funding available from the newly signed financing agreements and from previous calls,Rail Balticaglobal project has secured financing for the construction activities covering approximately the first 130km of theRail Balticamainline.
“Awarding of an impressive CEF grant of almost €930 million is giving a further push to the implementation ofRail Baltica,” says Morten Jensen, Head of Unit atCINEA. “The Global Project is now entering into its main construction phase in all three Baltic States, hence we trust the beneficiaries will also implement this important European project in due time.”
The planned financing agreements will support numerous key activities, including the construction of railway substructures, civil engineering structures, service – access roads, and road crossings for multiple sections in Estonia, including the sections from Loone to Alu, Harju/Rapla county border to Loone, Parila, Juula, Alu road crossings, and others. The activities also entail the construction of railway substructure, civil engineering structures, and service – access roads from Ülemiste to Soodevahe, construction supervision services, as well as land acquisition and related procedures for the mainline in Estonia.
In Latvia, the funding from this call will be used for the continuation of construction works in the main sections of theRail Balticaproject at both international stations. This includes the construction of viaducts and access platforms at theRail BalticaRiga Central Hub, the relocation of the existing 1520mm gauge tracks to the southern side of the newly constructed station, the construction of the railway viaduct near Riga International Airport terminal, and the elevation of station platforms.
Additionally, funding is allocated for the land acquisition, the establishment of the construction base near Iecava, whereRail Balticamaintenance facility will be located, and the construction and supervision works of the mainline outside Riga. In Lithuania, funding will be used for the construction of the railway embankment and its structures from Kaunas towards the border with Latvia: the construction of the embankment and engineering structures, access service roads in the sections of Kaunas-Šveicarija and Šėta-Ramygala, the preparatory works, the technical supervision, the risk and safety assessment, the conformity assessment and the other activities related to the railway construction. The additional funding will also be used for land acquisition activities in two sections: the Kaunas railway junction and the Kaunas-Lithuania-Poland border section.
“I want to convey our gratitude for the EU’s active support and demonstrated interest inRail Baltica, as this funding will make a necessary contribution to kickstarting the mainline construction activities in all Baltic States, involving constructing first substantial mainline components, infrastructure facilities, access roads, and implementing essential services to improve interoperability and address the project’s cross-border aspects,” said Marko Kivila, Chairman of the Management Board and interim CEO atRB Rail AS.
The horizontal global project activities include the implementation of the delivery phase for consolidated material management supply, the implementation of the railway infrastructure sustainability framework, the continuity of IT infrastructure and solutions implementation, and Shadow Operator services forRail Baltica, among others.
The substantial amount of financing for theRail Balticaglobal project will be added to the existing funding of over €1.6 billion secured for the implementation ofRail BalticafromCEFand national funding. Together with the recently approved additional financing,Rail Balticahas secured approximately €2.7 billion fromCEFand national funding. Updated Cost-Benefit Analysis, planned by the end of 2024, to reassess the project’s socio-economic benefits, secure funding, and optimize project delivery.
TheCEFTransport programme implements the European Union’s transport infrastructure policy by supporting investments in the construction or upgrade of transport infrastructure throughout Europe.
The first construction works in Latvia will follow the construction strategy, starting with the priority direction from Riga Airport to the Lithuanian border, and are expected to commence early 2024.
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