“Our Business Network has been an active participant in discussions about Rail Baltica. Today, all of the most important projects of the Estonian part of RB (main route, passenger terminals) are covered by design agreements. At the moment, preparations for construction are underway and cooperation agreements have been concluded with strategic partners,” said Tõnis Tamme, Board Member of Rail Baltica Business Network Estonia, Partner at the law firm TRINITI. This year the annual meeting was held at Mon Repos.
Progress in Tallinn
The detail planning of the Ülemiste joint terminal, the design of the terminal itself and the railway infrastructure for 2020-2021 and the preparation of the first stage of the construction tender are still planned for this year.
The design plan of a new tramway connecting Tallinn Old City Harbour, the City Center and the Ülemiste joint terminal is planned for 2021. Construction work should take place in 2022-23 and the first tram will hopefully arrive in the port already in 2023.
The design of the Ülemiste Depot should be completed in 2021. It could become the main depot of Rail Baltica.
Large-scale railway investments in Muuga Harbor
The Muuga cargo terminal will become a very important multimodal cargo junction, where sea transport, railways and road transport meet. The conclusion of the design agreement is already planned for this autumn and the project should be completed in 2021.
Modern Rail Baltica passenger terminal in Pärnu
Today, the preliminary design of the terminal has been completed and the preparation of a detailed work project will continue. This will be followed by the acquisition of land necessary for construction and the preparation for the first stage construction tender in 2021.
As for RB’s main route in Estonia, design agreements have been concluded for all sections, and sketch plans have been completed in two sections by now. The preparation and publication of tenders for the construction of additional objects with short timelines are planned for this year. The design and conduct of environmental impact assessments will be in the years 2020–2022.
Rail Baltica Estonian Business Network (www.rbbn.ee) was established in 2015, to bring together Estonian companies that are interested in business opportunities related to Rail Baltica. Today, the business network has 26 members.