The Infrastructure Progress Report
An in-brief look at the status of current European railway infrastructure projects in Switzerland, Spain, Lativa, and France.
The joint venture overseeing the Rail Baltica project, RB Rail AS, has announced a tender for ‘Notified Body services’ to assess and verify that the Rail Baltica infrastructure conforms to the EU’s Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs).
RB Rail AS wants to commission a single provider for these Notified Body services for the whole Rail Baltica line. The contract would run for the duration of both the design and construction phases. The service provider would assess the trackside infrastructure of the project in the Baltics along with the energy subsystem and command and signalling to ensure they conformed to TSI standards. The Notified Body service provider would also issue the relevant EC certificates of verification.
The initial stage of the procurement process includes the qualification of tenderers. Interested suppliers can apply until 4 November.
“Involvement of NoBo at an early stage of the project is an important step to ensure that Rail Baltica infrastructure, energy, control-command and signalling subsystems will be interoperable, function safely and uninterrupted. As an independent and accredited organisation, NoBo will provide a conformity assessment against the relevant requirements of the European Technical Specifications for Interoperability, which are necessary to launch the operations of Rail Baltica.”
The Rail Baltica Global Project is firmly in the design phase of the main line. Design works are taking place for almost half of the main line – 411km. A further 233km of design works are currently in the procurement phase. The national implementing body meanwhile is designing two passenger terminals in Latvia: Riga Central Station and Riga International Airport.
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