Rail Baltica from Poland to Baltic states goes ahead.

5 Apr 2014

The entire Rail Baltica line is supposed to pass through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, covering 950 km between Warsaw and Tallinn. EstonianWorldImage

 As former parts of the Soviet Union, the three Baltic states still have railway tracks that are incompatible with the European ‘Standard Gauge‘, and the new line would be built according to the latter specifications.

Although Poland already uses Standard Gauge, it would still need to upgrade its railway line from Warsaw to Trakiszki on the Lithuanian border so that trains can travel at high speed.

According to Lithuanian Prime minister Algirdas Butkevicius, Polish government has ‘promised’ to carry out the upgrade, and the entire Rail Baltica line is due to be completed by 2024.

Construction costs will be covered by the EU’s Structural and Cohesion Funds, as well as the budgets of the countries involved.

Radio Polska, LETA.

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