The first tenders for the detailed technical design of the Rail Baltica railway track in Estonia and Lithuania have been announced, advancing the project’s design phase.

A joint venture (JV) comprising the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia known as RB Rail announced the two tenders, which are named ‘Design and Design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Pärnu to Rapla’ and ‘Design and design supervision services for the construction of the new line from Kaunas to Ramygala’ respectively.

The deadline for the submission of proposals for the tenders has been set as 29 January.

"The announced tenders cover the Pärnu to Rapla railway network in Estonia and the line from Kaunas to Ramygala in Lithuania."

RB Rail senior engineer Jean-Mark Bedmar said: “Last year we started with preparation of the Design Guidelines and Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas announced the tenders for design of the passenger stations in Latvia.

“We worked on the consolidated preliminary technical design in the Baltics and finally issued the first detailed technical design tenders in the end of 2017.

“These two competitions are only a few of many upcoming railway design tenders to be carried out until 2022.”

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The tenders relate to the provision of building design and design supervision services for the construction of railway track substructure, superstructure and associated civil structures on the new standard-gauge, high-speed, double-track electrified railway line sections.

The announced tenders cover the Pärnu to Rapla railway network in Estonia and the line from Kaunas to Ramygala in Lithuania.

A selection of candidates will be invited to submit a proposal in the second stage of the competition, which will then be evaluated to choose the preferred candidate for the project.