Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ and Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas signed with a joint venture of DB and Renfe subsidiaries and Ineco the contract for Rail Baltica shadow operator.
The consortium consists of Baltic States DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH, International Directorate Renfe – Operadora Entidad Pública Empresarial and Ingeniería y Economía del Transporte S.M.E M.P. (Ineco).
EUR 8 million is the total value of the consultancy contract for a period of 6 years with an opportunity to prolong the services and to remain in force until the inception of train operation on the Rail Baltica corridor.
The services include railway engineering advisory services, providing third party independent assessment regarding the development of railway operation and maintenance for Rail Baltica, and proposing recommendations for organisational, operational, and commercial models of railway infrastructure and facilities.
“While work on defining the future infrastructure model is in the progress and final decisions still to be taken, outcomes of the shadow operator services will bring an optimal railway operation and maintenance model along with tailored Rail Baltica operational concept, various technical strategies, plans and work procedures to meet future infrastructure management, train operation and users’ needs,” Marc-Philippe el Beze, Chief Technical Officer and Member of the Management Board at RB Rail AS said.
The consortium is expected to deliver best-in-class advisory recommendations on design, operation and maintenance of high speed railway infrastructure, develop railway facilities organizational, operation and maintenance models, provide analysis of transport demand, and railway operational plan update, including implementation plan, as well as railway facilities’ commercialization models allowing to maximize the benefits delivered by the Rail Baltica global project sustainably and effectively.
The scope of work of Rail Baltica shadow operator includes support in definition of high-speed, regional and night train passenger services, cargo train services, stations and freight terminal organization, operation and maintenance, infrastructure operation and maintenance, and all related processes.
Signing the contract with Rail Baltica shadow operator “with globally renowned railway sector companies is an important milestone to the Rail Baltica global project and our organisation, which provides a particular roadmap and competence for future operations of the railway. As Rail Baltic Estonia is in preparation for carrying out infrastructure manager tasks its crucial for ongoing transformation of the company,” Anvar Salomets the CEO of Rail Baltic Estonia said.
The implementation of the Rail Baltica project is financed by the national states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and co-funding from the European Union up to 85% of the total eligible costs, through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).