At the end of November, on the square between the Riga Central Railway Station and the building of the Latvian Ministry of Transport, a grand opening of the Rail Baltica construction site took place. Construction in this area will continue until 2023, during this period it is planned to erect a new station building, build new aprons and viaducts, equip a parking lot and other infrastructure.
The leaders of Rail Baltica declare their project as a symbolic return of the Baltic states to Europe – before World War II, the Baltic states already connected 1435 mm wide rails with European capitals. Since the middle of the 20th century, the Baltic states have mainly used the west-east rail route, using the 1520 mm gauge built in accordance with Russian standards, which is reflected in the current rail traffic.
Currently, rail freight to the Baltic countries comes mainly from the CIS countries, especially Russia, and rail services are mainly provided in the east-west direction using the existing 1520 mm gauge, which makes communication with the rest of the European Union through Poland more difficult. and expensive.
Therefore, it is necessary to build the missing railway section of the European Union network corridor in the Baltic States, which would ensure the full integration of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia into the common European railway space.
At the moment, options are being considered for purchasing trains that will run on Rail Baltica. Among them are the train models Pesa Dart (up to 250 km / h), Hitachi AT300 (LO ~ 230 km / h), Alstom Pendolino ED250 (up to 250 km / h), Bombardier Zefiro 300 (up to 300-350 km / h),
as well as CAF Oaris (up to 350 km / h), Hitachi Javelin (up to 225 km / h), Siemens ICE 4 (up to 230 km / h), Stadler Smile EC250 (up to 250 km / h)
and Talgo 250 (up to 250 km / h), Talgo Avril (up to 380 km / h), Talgo 350 (up to 350 km / h).
Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.
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