Rail Baltic, the Estonian branch of the route that is to connect all three Baltic states with Warsaw, Poland, and thus the rest of “continental Europe”, announced on Wednesday that work on the terminal in Talllem’s Ülemiste district will begin in 2021.
Tõnis Grünberg, CEO of Rail Baltic Estonia, said that Ülemiste’s location near Tallinn Airport and the city center will help further development.
A naming competition for the new terminal will also take place next year, he said; The detailed spatial plan of the project is in the drafting stage – a document that, according to the BNS, is also on public display.
The work will not stop existing transport links in the region, including the relatively new expansion of the airport railway, major roads such as Tartu mnt and Peterburntee, and rail transport.
While the terminal is due to be completed in 2025, the railway line with a track width of 1,435 mm is due to go into operation two years earlier. The terminal will also accommodate the routes currently used in the Estonian rail system with a gauge of 1,520 mm and be connected to both local and long-distance bus lines.
The construction of the building is based on a successful contribution to last year’s architectural design competition by Zaha Hadid Architects from London together with the Estonian company Esplan OÜ.
The construction tender itself will take place in June 2021.
Kadi Metsmaa, CEO of Esplan OÜ, said the terminal’s design will focus on pedestrian and non-motorized road uses and will have three multiple access passenger platforms and design solutions for the adjacent area including Peterburi and Suur-Sõjamäe
The railway infrastructure itself is designed by OÜ Reaal projekt and OÜ AllSpark, with environmental studies by OÜ Hendrikson & Ko; This work will be completed in the second half of 2021.
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