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Rail Baltica airport station’s construction may cost 250 – 280 million euros for Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURailway project Rail Baltica station’s construction at Riga International Airport may cost around 250 – 280 million euros. The exact amount will be clarified soon – in the second stage of the construction tender, says Rail Baltica implementer in Latvia Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas board chairman Kaspars Vingris.

«Rail Baltica project at Riga airport is unique because it is the first passenger railway station construction project since 1937, as well as the first railway ramp and 1 435 mm standard railway line project,» says Vingris.

He says the first level will include the entry point to the station’s building, the second level will include the waiting area and checkouts, as well as the connector with the developing airport expansion. The third level will include the passenger train station platform. It is also planned to build and access route to the airport’s cargo terminal.

The first stage of the tender was announced 3 November. The first stage includes selection of candidates which will conclude in January 2020. Then the candidates who pass the first stage will be asked to submit a financial and technical offer. The contract with chosen the chosen company is planned to be signed before the end of 2020. Construction work may commence in 2021.

Estimated construction costs reach 250 – 280 million. 85% of this amount will be covered by the European Union, whereas 15% will be Latvia’s state budget funds.

RB Rail regional manager in Latvia Ģirts Bramans says this tender is notable with the fact that it will mark the beginning of Rail Baltica’s construction.

He said that work in being put into ensuring wide competition in Rail Baltica tenders. Information about airport station’s construction tender has been sent to more than 500 cooperation partners potentially interested in participating.

Bramans also says that cooperation has commenced with law enforcement institutions to ensure fair and transparent tenders.

Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits stresses that Rail Baltica is an important infrastructure project because it is the largest new railway construction project of the past 50 years.

«Rail Baltica railway line will guarantee Latvia’s residents and businessmen much better connectivity with Europe, Baltics and Latvia’s internal territories, because it is planned to establish regional transport from Riga’s centre to the airport,» said Linkaits, stressing that this connectivity will help make Riga’s airport a convenient aviation hub among in the Baltic region.

The minister said that intensive construction will be taking place at the airport on 2021-2024 because this is when the sixth stage of the tender and Latvia’s Air Traffic Control Tower construction project are planned.

«I invite Latvian residents and airport visitors to be understanding and respectful of construction work. I hope the investment will be worth it to ensure Rail Baltica station and Latvia’s air traffic control tower are both ready by 2024 and we get a completely new look for the airport as a result,» said Linkaits.

Read also: Procurement announced for Rail Baltica Salaspils freight handling terminal project

As previously reported, the announced tender for construction of Riga airport railway station includes construction of associated infrastructure. Contenders are able to submit applications until 10 January 2020.


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