Rail Baltica.

Rail Baltica.

EUROPE: The European Commission said there was a ‘very strong emphasis’ on rail in the list of 140 transport projects which are to receive almost €2·2bn of Connecting Europe Facility grants announced on July 16.

A total of 55 rail infrastructure projects on the TEN-T core network are allocated €1·6bn, while nine interoperablity projects including ERTMS will revive a total of €49·8m.

The projects were selected via the October 2019 regular CEF Transport call for proposals, as well as the November 2019 CEF Transport Blending Facility call where EU support is to be combined with additional bank financing. The Innovation & Networks Executive Agency expects to sign the grant agreements with the project beneficiaries at the latest by January 2021.

‘The €2·2bn EU contribution to this crucial transport infrastructure will help kick-start the recovery, and we expect it to generate €5bn in investments’, said Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean.

‘The type of projects we invest in ranges from inland waterways transport to multimodal connections, alternative fuels to massive railway infrastructure. The Connecting Europe Facility is one of our key instruments in creating a crisis-proof and resilient transport system - vital now and in the long run.’

ProjectTypeApplicant country
Studies for a new double-track railway line between Salzburg and Neumarkt-Köstendorf Studies Austria
Planning of a new four-track railway line between Linz and Wels Studies Austria
Development of prototypes for the upgrade of vehicles with ETCS SRS2.3.0d on-board equipment to ETCS SRS 3.6.0 Works Belgium
Increasing performance on four freight sections on all core network corridors in Belgium Works Belgium
Increasing capacity by adding a thord and fourth track between Brugge and Gent Works Belgium
Railway connection between Burgas station and Burgas Airport (studies) Studies Bulgaria
Modernisation of traction substations in Vratsa and Pernik Works Bulgaria
Modernisation of the Dragoman – Serbian border line Studies Bulgaria
Doubling the Plovdiv - Svilengrad - Turkish border line Studies Bulgaria
Modernizstion of the Mezdra - Medkovets line Studies Bulgaria
Prototype deployment of onboard ETCS Works Czech Republic
Junction Prerov - second construction part Works Czech Republic
Modernisation of Pardubice junction Works Czech Republic
ETCS on-board deployment for interoperable freight traffic along the Scan-Med Corridor Works Germany
ERTMS prototyping for TRAXX MS2 and TRAXX AC3 locomotives Works Germany
Dutch border - Emmerich - Oberhausen new line Works Germany
Final planning of Hamburg urban line S4 Studies Germany
On-board deployment of ETCS Baseline 3 for Siemens locomotives operating on the TEN-T Works Germany
i2030 Rail Expansion in Berlin and Brandenburg: Western Gateway Studies Germany
Preliminary design for the Heidenau - Czech border new line on the Dresden - Praha route Studies Germany
Upgrade and new build of Stuttgart - Wendlingen line Works Germany
Final planning of the Regionaltangente West in Frankfurt/Main Studies Germany
Improvement of the cross-border line between the Czech Republic and Germany near Bad Schandau Works Germany
Supplementary and updated studies for upgrading the Danish Fehmarnbelt tunnel railway access line Studies Denmark
New Storstrøm Bridge Works Denmark
Upgrading and duplicating the railway line from Alexandroupoli to Pithio Studies Greece
New single line connecting Thessaloniki - Amphipolis - Nea Karvali Studies Greece
Installation of 1435 mm gauge track on the Mediterranean Corridor between Valencia, Sagunto and Castellón Works Spain
High-speed line Sines/Lisboa - Madrid: study of the Madrid Atocha station area (Phase 3) Studies Spain
Northern Access Line to the Brenner Base Tunnel between Munich (DE) & Radfeld (AT) Studies Austra and Germany
Brenner Base Tunnel Studies Austria and Italy
Rail Baltica development in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Part V) Works Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Rail Baltica development in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Part IV) Studies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Development of the line between Helsinki and Riihimäki Studies Finland
KOKOHA upgrade of Kouvola - Kotka - Hamina railway Studies Finland
Development of the Helsinki - Turku railway Studies Finland
Development of the Botnia corridor Studies Finland
Espoo Rail Line: development of the Helsinki - Turku railway Studies Finland
Development of 12 ERTMS Baseline 3 prototypes for the improvement of interoperability on nine TEN-T Corridors Works France
Capacity improvement of the Metz - Luxembourg cross-border line Studies France
Works at Mulhouse to improve the North Sea – Mediterranean Corridor Works France
Grand Paris Express tunnels to connect Orly airport and the Massy-Palaiseau high speed line to Versailles Works France
Improvements to increase capacity in the Lyon area Studies France
Studies into phasing construction of the French accesses to the Lyon - Torino tunnel Studies France
Upgrading and developing of the Paris Southern bypass Studies France
Modernisation of the northern underpass at Toulouse Matabiau station Works France
Establishment of monitoring systems for rail safety, security & technical controls Works Hungary
Elimination of rail bottlenecks and improving cross-border interoperability between Budapest and Hegyeshalom (- Vienna) Works Hungary
DART Expansion – Kildare Line (engineering design) Studies Ireland
On Board ERTMS B3 equipment for Lombardia Fleet Works Italy
MXP-NLINE to link Terminal 2 of Milano Malpensa airportwith railway lines towards Gallarate and Switzerland Works Italy
Milan East Gate Hub Studies Italy
Rail to Air: enhancing the rail connection between the Torino urban node, airport and related hinterland Works Italy
EuroCap-Rail: new alignment to provide a direct link between Luxembourg and Bettembourg Works Luxembourg
Connection of third cross-border track Zevenaar - Emmerich - Oberhausen Studies Netherlands
Prototype retrofitting of ERTMS (B3) on-board equipment for Liège - Maastricht - Aachen services Works Netherlands
Study for the removal of the railway bottleneck to the Maasvlakte II terminals in the Port of Rotterdam Studies Netherlands
Rotterdam and EU hinterland connection: Theemsweg railway section superstructure Works Netherlands
Upgrading Amersfoort East side yard Works Netherlands
Analysis of the integrated transport development possibilities in Warszawa Studies Poland
Upgrade of the E75 line Elk - Trakiszki (-border) Studies Poland
Upgrade of the E75 line, Czyzew - Bialystok section (phase II) Works Poland
Modernisation of the Coslariu - Cluj-Napoca line (feasibility study) Studies Romania
Modernisation of the București - Craiova line (feasibility study) Studies Romania
Modernisation of the Apahida - Suceava line (feasibility study) Studies Romania
Modernisation of the București Nord area (feasibility study) Studies Romania
Modernisation of the București Nord - Henri Coandă International Airport line Works Romania
Study for 40 km double track ine between Gävle and Kringlan Studies Sweden
Removal of a major bottleneck between Flackarp and Arlöv on the Southern Main Line Works Sweden
ERTMS onboard prototyping 2020-23 Works Sweden
The West Link - Kvarnberget railway tunnel Works Sweden
Preparation of project documentation for an upgrade of Ljubljana station Studies Slovenia
Modernisation of the Czech border – Cadca line Works Slovakia

Rail Baltica

The Rail Baltica 1 435 mm gauge corridor received the largest financial allocation, with 55% from the total available funding of the 2019 CEF Cohesion Transport call. There is a €184m grant for implementation work until 2024 on the sections in the Baltic States, and €422m for sections in Poland. Including previously signed grant agreement contracts, the three Baltic states have now secured around €1·2bn from the EU and national funds for the Rail Baltica programme.

‘Rail Baltica appreciates the additional financing made available for the technical design, planning and construction works’, said Agnis Driksna, Chair of the Management Board of project promoter RB Rail. ‘As a result this will provide the necessary funding for all key global project activities in this area, as well as provide maturity for the construction phase of Rail Baltica. The project is prepared to scale-up construction activities in all three countries and will apply for additional funding in the next CEF transport calls.’