According to the results of a study conducted by think-tank Praxis, Estonia has best utilized EU funding from the previous funding period for the development of domestic rail transport, i.e. the establishment of Elron.
The achievements in the development of Estonia's rail transport can be considered the success story of the EU's 2007-2013 funding period, Praxis summarized. The study reveals that in this time, the number of Elron routes has increased by one and a half times and the number of rail passengers by 1.24 time, writes daily Postimees (link in Estonian).
Statistics Estonia data shows that the number of rail transport users has increased 12 percent since 2007, compared to an increase of just 0.6 percent in bus, trolley and tram use.
Praxis noted that a comprehensive approach to the development of rail transport helped contribute to the success story — rolling stock was replaced, railways were reconstructed and platforms were rebuilt.
During the 2007-2013 EU structural fund period, a total of €212 million was paid out for railway projects, including the purchase of 18 new electric trains, rebuilding of 110 platforms at 74 stations or stops, renovation of 102.3 kilometers of overhead electric contact lines and two traction substations, the construction of 26 parking lots by train stations or stops, renovation of three railway bridges, reconstruction of 37 culverts and the construction of one pedestrian overpass and four pedestrian tunnels for crossing the railway.
Editor: Aili Vahtla