Tender announced for Rail Baltica’s Riga Airport station

Eiropas Dzelzcela Linijas (EDzL), the company responsible for Rail Baltica in Latvia, has announced the tender for the construction of the Riga International Airport railway station.
The applications shall be submitted electronically by 10 January 2020.
The project also includes the construction of 6 km of tracks, overpasses and embankment.
The international tender will be carried out in two stages. The first one will include the selection of the candidates scheduled for January 2020 and the second stage involves the submission of bids by the candidates and negotiations with a view to concluding a contract by the end of 2020.
Construction works for the three-level station are expected to start in 2021. EUR 250-280 million is the estimated value of the project, which will receive European funding.
“Rail Baltica’s connection to the airport is a modern, convenient and environmentally friendly alternative for passenger transport. By creating accessible park & ride facility at the airport, the passengers will easily reach city’s enter by train, traveling 8 minutes from the airport,” Latvian Transport Minister, Tālis Linkaits, said.
“Rail Baltica station will be the first high-speed rail and air traffic connection hub in the Baltic States. The winner of the tender will have to fully integrate the new station, its tracks, all systems and structures into the existing infrastructure, creating a modern and multifunctional passenger service which will be connected to the airport passenger terminal,” Kaspars Vingris, EDzL Chairman of the Board, said.
The period of execution of the procurement contract is January 2021 – December 2025, with the possibility to extend the period of execution of the contract in accordance with the procedures specified in regulatory enactments.
The qualification requirements include experience in construction of public buildings, railway tracks and new roads. The high requirements set for tenderers are justified by the complexity of the project as it will also have to ensure the continuity of the airport infrastructure and the commercial activities on its territory during the construction of the Rail Baltica. Therefore, the construction work will be carried out in six phases.
The first two stages include the construction of the overpasses, road access and the related infrastructure, with completion being expected for 2023. Under the third and fourth phases, the construction of overpass towards Rīga and Jaunmārupe will be performed. Within the fifth phase, the embankment and overpass over Ulmaņu Avenue and the construction of 6 km of tracks will have to be completed by 2025.
This is the second Rail Baltica construction project in Latvia. The reconstruction of Riga Central station is in the design phase and the construction works are expected to be launched in 2020. In addition, on country’s territory, 123 km of line is on design phase and the tender for the design services has been announced for the remaining 139 km of new railway line.

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