Rail Baltica: Feasibility study on Rail Baltica railways
The project was funded by the European Commission (DG Regional Policy).
A strategic study of the Rail Baltica railways has been conducted in the period of time November 2005 - December 2006 on the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General Regional Policy. The objective of the pre-feasibility study has been to assess strategically the overall need and potential for developing Rail Baltica and to provide recommendations for project implementation of the most suitable development option in terms of alignment, technical standards and organisation.
The concept of Rail Baltica refers to the imaginative, strategic and sustainable north-south rail project connecting Tallinn in Estonia – via Latvia and Lithuania – with Warsaw in Poland. Despite the fact that Rail Baltica is one of the TEN-T priority projects, it has become clear that the project lacks detailed planning and analysis at the level of the individual countries concerned.
Under application of the VACLAV/ NEAC modelling platform three different investment options – mainly differing by design speed, gauge standard and corridor alignment – were assessed. The evaluation included the assessment of transport demand and the assignment of flows in the networks, a financial assessment from the point of view of infrastructure managers and passenger/ freight rail operators, a macro-economic assessment, and a detailed analysis of impacts on regional accessibility.
IWW's role was passenger demand modelling for each investment option (including the generation of socio-economic forecasts), assignment of transport flows, and the computation of the impact data required for the macro-economic and financial assessment. Finally, IWW was responsible for a detailed analysis of the three project alternatives according to centrality and accessibility criteria.
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- COWI, Copenhagen, Denmark (co-ordinator)
- IWW (Institut für Wirtschaftspolitik und Wirtschaftsforschung), Karlsruhe, Germany
- NEA Transport Research and Training, Rijswijk, Netherlands
- ETC Transport Consultants, Berlin, Germany
- OBET, Warszawa, Poland
- Tallinn University of Technology, Talinn, Estonia
- Konsorts, Riga, Latvia