Today (27th August 2015)saw the first train to cross the Polish border into Lithuania…the first in 76 years!! A Polish DMU carried a delegation including Catherine Trautmann MEP, European coordinator for the TEN-T North Sea-Baltic Corridor, on the first completed section of the Rail Baltica standard-gauge line from the Polish border to Lithuania’s second city Kaunas…..
Here are some important facts regarding this project:
Facts about Rail Baltica. (Courtesy RailBaltica)
- The goal of the project Rail Baltica is to integrate the Baltic States in the European rail network and to include the four European Union countries – Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and indirectly also Finland – in it by prolonging the connection Tallinn-Helsinki.
- The project intends to build a new 1435 mm width European standard railway line in the Baltic States and to connect such metropoles as Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas – Warsaw – Berlin and later also Venice, which the passengers and cargo are going to reach with a fast, modern and environmentally friendly railway transport.
- The length of the newly built track route will be 728 km of which 235 will be in Latvia, 229 km in Estonia and 264 km in Lithuania.
- The average speed of the passenger trains will be 170 km/h, for cargo trains 68 km/h.
- The time on the route from Tallinn to the boarder of Lithuania and Poland will be 4.1 h for the passenger trains and 10.4 h for the cargo trains.
- Investment: 3.68 billion euro of which 1.27 bn is planned to be invested in Latvia. The support from the European Union is estimated to be up to 85% of the project costs.
- In 2020 it is planned to start the building process.
- In 2024 it is planned to finish the new railway line in the territory of the Baltic States.
- In 2025 it is intended to open the connection Tallinn – Riga – Kaunas but in 2030 – the connection to Warsaw.
- In 2030 it is planned to carry 5 million passengers and 13 million tons of cargo.
- In 2040 income of 319 million euro is planned.