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Lithuania prepares to build Rail Baltica segment to border with Latvia

BC, Vilnius/Riga, 14.08.2020.Print version
As part of preparations for the construction of Rail Baltica's segment from Kaunas via Panevezys to the border with Latvia, Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) is seeking contractors to build or upgrade roads related to the European standard-gauge railway project, informs LETA/BNS.

The works under the contract, worth 35.318 million euros, not including VAT, will have to be completed within five years.

In June, the state railway operator invited bids from potential contractors to build a section of almost 100 kilometers from Kaunas Intermodal Terminal northward to the Latvian border, with construction slated to begin in 2021. The total value of the project is 475 million euros.

Estimated to cost around 5.8 billion euros in total, the European standard 1,435 mm gauge electrified railway for passenger and freight transport is planned to be built from Tallinn to the Lithuanian-Polish border by 2026.

The overall length of the railway will be 870 kilometers, including 392 kilometers in Lithuania, 265 kilometers in Latvia and 213 kilometers in Estonia. 

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