RB Rail AS, the national project implementors SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ and AB LTG Infra signed a EUR 4.54 million contract with Certifer SA for safety assessment services for the entire Rail Baltica line throughout the design, construction, and integration phases.
“One of the preconditions for a successful Rail Baltica megaproject implementation is to secure common standards and procedures across the project, especially when it comes to different safety and security aspects of the project,” Marc Philippe el Beze, the Chief Technical director and member of the management board at RB Rail AS said.
The company will deliver the final safety assessment reports that are a mandatory part of evidence provided to the national safety authorities for receiving authorisation for placing into service and possibility to run trains on the newbuilt Rail Baltica line.
“Being part of Rail Baltica, one the biggest projects of these next 10 years, was then for us a must have and we are proud and excited to be the Assessment Body, one year after being awarded the notified body,” Pierre Kadziola, Certifer SA Chief Executive Officer said.
The safety assessment services provider (AsBo) will assess the Rail Baltica Global project ascertaining, as an external independent and certified body, that Rail Baltica implements Common Safety Methods and Risk Assessment (CSM-RA) in accordance with the European legislation. The AsBo services will thus provide key assurance required for the safety of the railway system.
The standard-gauge double-track electrified Rail Baltica line will have a total length of 870 km of which 213 km in Estonia, 265 km in Latvia and 392 km in Lithuania. The line, designed with a maximum speed of 249 km/h, will be served by seven stations of which two stations in Riga (Riga Central and Riga Airport stations). It will run from Tallinn through Pärnu – Rīga – Panevėžys – Kaunas to the Lithuanian-Polish border, with a connection from Kaunas to Vilnius.