General constructor partnership Bererix has started the construction of Rail Baltica Central Hub in Riga, Latvia.

The programme is one of the key construction phases of Rail Baltica, a greenfield rail transport infrastructure project that seeks to connect the Baltic States to the European rail network.

Overall, the programme includes the reconstruction of the Riga Railway Station complex, construction of a railway bridge across the River Daugava, and installation of the European standard gauge tracks.

It also includes the removal of embankments and the construction of an overpass and adjacent infrastructure.

Bererix project leader Xavier Debruche said: “Construction company Bererix has started building works on the southern side of Riga Central Railway Station. The building site is set up to enable continuous work and social distancing for about 100 workers employed on the site and working in day and night shifts.

“In order to meet all requirements, to prevent carrying and spreading of Covid-19 on the building site, and to ensure timely construction process of the Central Hub in Riga also in an emergency situation, Bererix has assessed all on-site construction processes, performed a risk assessment for the work processes and intensity of worker interactions, as well as prepared solutions and a work organisation plan in line with the WHO guidelines and the Latvian Government instructions.”

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The Rail Baltica project includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as well as indirect involvement from Finland. Once complete, the 870km rail project will support freight and passenger traffic movement.

The project is financed by the EU (CEF), Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

In July, Rail Baltica commenced the geotechnical work on the Tootsi to Ikla rail section in Estonia.