Government narrows down Rail Baltic track options ({{commentsTotal}})

The Cabinet approved Rail Baltic route options proposed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, leaving two possible routes in Harju and Rapla counties, and just one final track choice to be made for the southern part of the track in Pärnu County.

The ministry will pick one route in Harju and Rapla counties by spring of 2015 and will continue preparations.

The next stage is to plan railroad crossings, ramps and connections. Plans will be submitted to local municipalities for debate at the beginning of next year.

Construction on the high-speed rail-link could begin in 2017 or 2018.

The entire Rail Baltic track in Estonia will stretch around 211 kilometers, costing 1.1 billion euros. The EU is expected to pay for the majority of the project, but the Estonian state will still have to find 500 million euros.