Creation date: October 16, 2013
The European Union will co-finance with just over €4.9 million from the TEN-T Programme a series of studies to lay the groundwork for the development of the Latvian section of "Rail Baltica" (Warsaw-Kaunas-Riga-Tallinn-Helsinki - TEN-T Priority Project 27).
The studies, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Programme, are part of the larger global project which aims to convert the Estonian railway track to European gauge along the "Rail Baltica" corridor. Most of the Latvian rail network is in Russian gauge and trains cannot connect directly to the rest of the EU.
Specifically, this includes preparatory studies covering the spatial planning, preliminary design and updated financial studies, which will set the detailed technical design and works procurement in the next step of implementation.
The studies will contribute to the elimination of this important bottleneck and will ultimately help to increase interoperability along Priority Project 27.
The initiative is set to be completed by 31 December 2015.