Ramboll, Realidea, Architects Soini & Horto, Gottlieb Paludan Architects and Ardenis are working together to identify how to maximise local value creation from the seven international passenger stations along the Rail Baltica. The project embraces commercial and urban development of the railway stations and their immediate neighbourhoods as well as mobility aspects.
Rail Baltica is a greenfield rail transport infrastructure project with a goal of integrating the Baltic states into the European rail network, providing passenger and freight services between countries, and improving rail connections between Central and Northern Europe. It will be established as a new, publicly owned railway line with a maximum speed of 249 km/h for passenger trains. Rail Baltica is jointly owned by the three Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The stations in the scope of the project are Tallinn Ülemiste, Pärnu, Riga Central Station and Riga Airport, Panevėžys, Kaunas and Vilnius.
“We are a strong consortium with a lot to bring to the project. To ensure that the railway stations support economic growth and social sustainability, we should not just think of them as transport hubs ‒ they can be destinations in themselves”, says Tommi Eskelinen, Ramboll Project Lead.
“We will be analysing the functionality of the railway stations as integrated elements of the urban environment and its role in the regeneration of urban areas”, says Urban Development Specialist Mika Korhonen from Realidea.
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