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Contributing to Europe’s rail development

Ineco explain how their organisation is assisting with rail development across Europe, including their involvement in the Rail Baltica project and the development of ERTMS.

Rail Baltica: A mega project to untie three republics

Rail Baltica is a rail transport infrastructure project, the largest in the region during the last century, which will integrate the Baltic States into the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) by means of an 870km-long conventional and electrified, international gauge, high-speed line. The EU-funded project will connect Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with the rest of Europe via Poland and, through an indirect connection by ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki, also with Finland, at a maximum speed of 249km/h for passengers and 120km/h for freight.

Since 2019, Ineco has entered into four contracts for the line, in consortium with two Spanish engineering companies: the first, for the study of the energy subsystem of the entire line. Another contract is for the study of the location and development of the maintenance depots and Railheads for the construction of the entire railway line, along with maintenance strategies. The third, is the design of the 56km high-speed section through the city of Riga, the capital of Latvia, known as the Riga Ring, the most complicated urban stretch of the line since it passes through several densely populated municipalities and runs parallel to the rail corridor of the Latvian railways.