Ülemiste joint terminal construction begins

Ülemiste passenger terminal

The construction work of the Rail Baltica Ülemiste passenger terminal has begun, after dismantling the old 1520mm tracks providing the planned construction site.

“The first phase of the Ülemiste terminal construction has begun, and it marks the start of a long journey in transforming the wasteland between Suur-Sõjamäe and Peterburi maantee into a new international gateway for Tallinn and all of Estonia,” said Anvar Salomets, the Chairman of Rail Baltic Estonia, the project implementing body in Estonia.

In the first phase of the Ülemiste passenger terminal, the construction works of the railway’s underground load-bearing structures will be carried out, also the technical rooms of the underground floor and other technological rooms of the railway will be built. Additionally, three tunnels will be built, providing pedestrians and cyclists with an easier and safer way to cross under the railway, significantly improving connectivity in the area compared to the present.

Subsequent phases for the Ülemiste terminal will include the construction of public areas, roads, streets, parking lots, and a tram line that is currently in the design phase. Rail Baltic Estonia plans to announce a construction tender for the terminal building in 2024.

The Ülemiste terminal is situated in the urban region of Lasnamäe, the largest district of Tallinn.

The Chairman of Rail Baltic Estonia believes that the increasing construction volumes for Rail Baltica development will help infrastructure companies stay afloat even when road construction budgets have decreased. “If we compare, for example, the year 2020 with the current year, it is clear that we have significantly increased the pace of both procurement announcements and construction, which is both a recognition of our team and the well-performing contractors,” Salomets said.

Currently, there are more than 10 major railway crossing construction projects in progress, and five crossings are undergoing preliminary work to start construction. In addition, the procurement procedures for six facilities have been completed and the signing of contracts awaits. The total financial volume of the construction of the mentioned facilities is more than EUR 80 million, plus 3 more facilities, for which Rail Baltic Estonia hopes to reach an agreement this year.




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