During November 2022, engineer teams from RB Rail AS and Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas were delighted to host a workshop for 16 young engineers from the Witteveen+ Bos company in Netherlands. As part of the exchange program organized by Witteveen+ Bos in Riga, young engineers explored two cases – Rail Baltica regional stations in Jaunmārupe and Zasulauks with the goal to investigate further accessibility and development solutions.
“We believe that as part of learning, young professionals need to “taste” different projects. So, our company looked around to see if there are any interesting projects in our neighboring countries with which we could cooperate. Rail Baltica is the largest infrastructure project of the Baltic States, and we are beyond thankful to Rail Baltica experts for allocating their time and sharing their knowledge,” said Polite Laboyrie, Area Manager Europe Africa and the Americas at Witteveen+ Bos.
“It was a quite an extensive week having several workshops, site visits and presentations on Rail Baltica global project together with young professionals carrying out their individual studies on the subjects they chose. While the solutions proposed were much in line with the ones suggested as part of Rail Baltica design for the sections, we enjoyed very much our cooperation and energy that these young people provided,” said Ēriks Diļevs, RB Rail AS Technical director in Latvia.
Key findings were presented to the senior expert’s team of Rail Baltica delivery organizations and will be further explored considering that not only the technical aspects, but also social aspects such as stakeholders and community engagement activities were discussed.
All together there are 16 regional mobility points planned on Rail Baltica mainline in Latvia, engineers worked on developing two cases – mobility points in Jaunmārupe and Zasulauks in Riga.
“Regional stations will create symbiosis between the regional mobility, micro mobility and railway, in order to truly provide stimulus for the regional development. Our teams were happy to have their outlook, enthusiasm, professionalism, and fresh ideas that they contributed,” said Linda Pastare, Head of Communication and Stakeholders at Eiropas Dzelzeļa līnijas.