The Spanish consortium of Idom Consulting, Engineering, Architecture and Ingeniería y Economía del Transporte (Ineco) won Rail Baltica’s first detailed technical design contract. With a value of almost EUR 13 million, the contract envisages the design for the construction of the main line section through Riga.
Within 24 months, the consortium will conduct site investigations, value engineering, development of the master design, and detailed technical design. In addition, Idom-Ineco consortium will ensure design author’s supervision during the construction phase, following design completion and upon commencement of the construction works.
Consisting of three sub-sections, Upeslejas–Rīga Central Station, Torņakalns–Imanta and Rīga International Airport–Misa river, the railway section through Riga is 56 km long.
In order to prepare for the design activities in Riga, on 7 May, RB Rail, in cooperation with the Rail Baltica national implementer SIA “Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas” (EDzL) and Latvia’s Ministry of Transport, established a quarterly cooperation format with several NGOs and neighbourhood organisations in Riga. The goal of these quarterly meetings is to inform and engage with the communities in Riga on matters such as pedestrian crossings on the new railway line, safety and accessibility of Rail Baltica infrastructure and coordination with Riga municipality plans. In addition, regular coordination meetings with 15 municipalities affected by Rail Baltica in Latvia will commence on the 31 May under the leadership of the Ministry of Transport of Latvia.