The completed preliminary design has a total planned length of approximately 213 km. All the solutions chosen and the material requirements along the corridor have been described, including a much more precise calculation of soil heights and subsoil parameters and the different sections of the route, which take greater account of human and natural needs.
In this way, the need for additional roads has been taken into account in response to local authorities' wishes, with the addition of access roads, the avoidance of road closures where possible, and the renewal of road surfacing. Local needs have also been taken into account when increasing the number of bridges and tunnels. The preliminary project has also addressed all the networks crossing the railway.
Joint Undertaking study
The joint statement adopted by the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian prime ministers on 10.11.2011 set up a joint venture for the construction and subsequent management of the new Rail Baltic 1435 mm gauge railway line.
To map the possibilities for setting up the joint undertaking, a study was carried out by TRINITI, an alliance of pan-Baltic law firms.
Summary of studies
The main part of the study
Annexes to the study
Results of the feasibility study
Phase 1 of the Rail Baltica studies project was the feasibility study. As a result of a joint procurement exercise between Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, the study was carried out by the British consultancy AECOM Ltd.
The feasibility study results will serve as a basis for the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Governments to take the necessary decisions for the further development of Rail Baltica.
Study on the security of supply of construction land resources
The study aimed to assess which mineral resources can be used to produce the aggregates needed for the construction of Rail Baltic and find out whether there are enough of them in Estonia.
Rail Baltic is planned to be built between 2020 and 2026, but the greatest need for construction minerals will be early in the construction period, between 2020 and 2024.
According to the preliminary design, the Rail Baltic route will be enclosed by fences along its entire length to ensure safety. As fences are a significant barrier to wildlife movement, the aim was to analyze possible technical solutions for fence barriers that would reduce the barrier effect while avoiding risks to people and animals.
The study is a first step in exploring the technical options for fence barriers, intending to start a trial period of technical solutions along the existing railway line. The study was prepared by experts from OÜ Rewild and OÜ Hendrikson & Ko.
Last updated: 07.04.2021