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Rail Development of a 1435 mm standard gauge railway line in the Rail Baltica corridor through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania


The Action is part of a pre-identified, highly relevant cross-border project connecting the three Baltic States with Central Europe along the North Sea – Baltic Corridor. The aim of the Global Project "Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica" (Tallinn-Riga-Kaunas-Warsaw axis) is to develop a new, EU gauge double-track electrified railway line to eliminate the technical bottleneck due to the gauge differences (1520 mm vs. EU 1,435 mm).


Being the second phase of the Global Project, the Action includes a wide-variety of studies and works on several sites in Estonia, in Riga area (Latvia) and on the Lithuanian section Kaunas (RRT)-Panevezys-Lithuanian/Latvian state border.


Completion of the Action would contribute to the objective of cohesion by increasing the accessibility and connectivity between Northern and Central Europe and in particular would improve the North-South rail transports between the Baltic States and Poland.


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Member States involved:

Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia


Implementation schedule:

Start date: March 2015

End date: December 2020


Beneficiaries & implementing bodies:

 RB Rail A.S. joint venture

 Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Estonia

 Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia

 Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

 Coordinator's report on the Corridor