Rail Baltica. Photo credit: Rail Baltica Latvia

Tender for Rail Baltica operation released

A tender for the preparation of an operational plan of the Rail Baltica Global project is on the market. Rail Baltica links Poland with the Baltic states via a new standard gauge railway line, aimed at improving the connection between Central and Northern Europe for freight and passengers services. Deadline of the submission of the proposal is the 26th of September, 2017.

Main coordinator of the project RB Rail said: “It should incorporate all physical, technical, human and organisational factors and resources to set up the most efficient production organisation for the Rail Baltica railway. The major targets are reduced operation costs for the infrastructure lifetime and optimised transport plans for final customers. This allows to ultimately transfer the maximum of market share to the rail and to Rail Baltica in particular.”

The plan submitted will be the proposed organisation for the transport offer and the results of the operational plan study will be used to refine and improve the technical solutions and planning of the implementation of Rail Baltica. It will also serve in the optimisation of investments during the construction phase.

Financing

The contract will co-financed by the European Union’s Connection Europe Facility, which awarded 448 million Euros for the project last month. The EU institution explained that 338 million Euros would be invested in the Bialystok-Elk line and 110 million Euros in the joint project consortium of RB Rail, existing of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Earlier, it already awarded 1.2 billion Euros for the project.

Rail Baltica is one of the most important Trans-European Network (TEN-T) projects. Based on the current progress, the railway is expected to be operational within ten years, while eighty per cent of the Rail Baltica line in Poland will be complete by 2023.

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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