RB Rail, the joint venture (JV) to build the Rail Baltica project, has awarded the first contract for design and design supervision services for a section of railway line in Latvia.

Spanish firms IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture and Ingeniería y Economía del Transporte (INECO) secured the contract after submitting a winning proposal amounting to €12.99m.

The scope of the contract includes a 56km-long section through Riga and comprises three sub-sections, namely- Upeslejas–Rīga Central Station, Torņakalns–Imanta and Rīga International Airport–Misa river.

In 24 months, the Spanish firms will carry out site investigations and value engineering, as well as devise the master design and detailed technical design.

“The scope of the contract includes a 56km-long section through Riga and comprises three sub-sections.”

Additionally, they will supervise works during the construction phase.

The contract will be signed with the winning companies next month following the completion of necessary procedures, including a ten-day standstill period.

RB Rail, in collaboration with the Rail Baltica national implementer SIA Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas (EDzL) and the Ministry of Transport of Latvia, has formed a cooperation format to organise meetings with several local NGOs and organisations in Riga to carry out the project works.

The quarterly meetings will apprise the local community on upcoming project works and discuss safety and accessibility issues.

Currently, seven out of 11 procurement procedures for detailed technical design services have been launched. Overall, it covers around 57% of the entire length of the line.

In February, RB Rail awarded the contract to provide design and supervision services for the construction of the line between Pärnu and Rapla. This contract was also won by IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture.

RB Rail is a JV formed by the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to implement the Rail Baltica project.