RB Rail AS has launched a public tender for the master design, detailed technical design, and design supervision services for the construction of the new Rail Baltica line through Kaunas Urban Node. All interested suppliers can submit their applications by 16 January 2023.
The contract with the design service provider will be signed jointly by RB Rail AS and LTG Infra.
Rail Baltica Kaunas Urban Node consists of around 110 km of rail infrastructure out of which around 83 km high-speed railway is mainline and 27 km represents combined railway track length of railway infrastructure facilities and freight yard. It also includes 10 road structures, such as bridges, viaducts, culverts, wildlife crossings, and other necessary infrastructure elements. Infrastructure components, railway operation parameters and quantities provided are at this stage preliminary and more detailed information will be provided during the second stage of this procurement
Currently, LTG Infra is working on the Kaunas Urban Node spatial planning and the announced tender is the next phase to implement the project.
Kaunas Urban Node is “the most important transport hub in Lituhuania and the whole Baltic region as this is where routes between Northern, Western and Central Europe will meet. It is therefore important that the infrastructure solutions guarantee basis for smooth connectivity and efficient use of the Rail Baltica corridor,” Irmantas Butkauskas, Head of Lithuanian branch at RB Rail AS said.
Trains on the Rail Baltica railway line expected to travel up to 249 km/h. The aim is to remove the present missing link of EU track gauge connection between the Baltic states with the rest of the North Sea – Baltic core network corridor and significantly increase the connections between the main cities along the corridor, efficient synergies with the existing rail network in the Baltics and ensure multimodal connections to roads, ports and airports.
Currently more than 640 km of Rail Baltica main line in the Baltic states are being designed and this procurement is another major step forward to implementing the design the whole 870 km line in the Baltics. The Kaunas – Vilnius section and route from Jiesia (Kaunas) to the Lithuania border with Poland design procurements have been already launched.