Important Facts

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  • A north-south railway route to serve as a connecting link between Scandinavia and Western Europe
  • Planned for both passenger and freight transport
  • The railway is double-track and uses the European standard gauge 1,435 mm
  • Trains are powered by electricity, making it one of the most environmentally friendly means of transport
  • Trains can travel at speeds of up to 240 km/h
  • Stops at Ülemiste, Tallinn, and in Pärnu; additional possibility in Rapla. Trains take less than an hour to travel from Tallinn to Pärnu and less than two hours to Riga
  • Total length of the route – ca. 700 kilometres, including ca. 200 in Estonia
  • The project is carried out in cooperation with Latvia and Lithuania while Finland and Poland are also involved
  • In Estonia, the route runs through Harju County, Rapla County and Pärnu County
  • A modern railway that generates less noise and vibration than the current Estonian routes
  • The railway will have no level crossings, meaning it will be safer than the current Estonian railways
  • Time of completion: 2022-2025. The work will be performed in three stages: planning / design and public procurements / construction
  • The total cost is 4.8 billion euros and the Estonian part is ca. 1,3 billion. Anticipated financing by the European Union will amount to up to 85% of the eligible expenditure of the project. A more precise cost will be determined in the course of the preliminary design work.