Contract Awarded for Construction of Rail Baltica Mainline in Latvia

A consortium consisting of Eiffage Génie Civil SAS, Budimex S.A. and Rizzani de Eccher S.p.A has been awarded a contract for the construction of the Rail Baltica mainline in Latvia.

The contract was awarded on 21 December 2023 by Rail Baltica national implementer in Latvia, SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas.

This follows the completion of mainline construction work in Latvia, including the availability of land and funding.

Territory of the Iecava Infrastructure maintenance point, where the first construction works will begin
Territory of the Iecava Infrastructure maintenance point, where the first construction works will begin

The construction work for the Rail Baltica mainline outside Riga will span approximately 230 kilometres and will involve railway substructures, embankments, road crossings, and railway superstructures.

The contract for this work has an estimated value of 3.7 billion EUR.

The construction will take place in stages, commencing in the Bauska region near Iecava in early 2024. Construction engineer, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group (FS Group) will manage the contract, while the Ministry of Transport will oversee its execution.

This will contribute to the delivery of the Rail Baltica high-speed railway network in the Baltic States by 2030.

Kitija Gruškevica, Member of the Management Board at Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS said:

“Taking into consideration the ongoing construction on specific Rail Baltica railway mainline sections in Lithuania, the recently signed mainline construction agreement in Latvia, and the announced construction tenders in Estonia, we plan for more than 100 kilometers of the mainline, parallel to the already ongoing construction of necessary infrastructure, to be in progress next year. Moving ahead, our paramount focus is on maintaining the highest standards, ensuring the comprehensive functionality of the rail network and its seamless interoperability.”

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