Railway between Haapsalu and Rohuküla could be completed by 2026

First scheduled passenger train to run on Riisipere-Turba extension, operated by state-owned rail company Elron leaves Tallinn station on Sunday.
First scheduled passenger train to run on Riisipere-Turba extension, operated by state-owned rail company Elron leaves Tallinn station on Sunday. Source: Siim Lõvi / ERR

Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) said the railway line from Haapsalu to Rohuküla in western Estonia could be completed by 2026. The completed line from Tallinn to Rohuküla will cost an estimated €100 million.

Eesti Raudtee has announced the design procurement of the next section of the Haapsalu railway from Turba to Ellamaa, ETV's evening current affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported on Wednesday. The track is being built in sections and the procurement of the Ellamaa-Risti section will also be announced soon.

Aas said the construction of the two sections could start in the second half of 2021 and that the state has enough money to complete the project.

"Of course, an entire railway is not built at once," said Aas.

"Up to Risti, could be ready by the end of 2022 and then not only to Haapsalu but also to Rohuküla. But I think it will still not be ready before 2026," Aas added.

Rein Riisalu, a lecturer at the Institute of Business Administration at TalTech, who has studied the Haapsalu railway, said building a railway section-by-section may not be more expensive in the end than doing it all at once.

The Tallinn-Haapsalu-Rohuküla railway could cost up to €85-100 million.

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