Minister: Rail Baltic railway to be built in a separated zone

12.04.2012, 09:39

Estonian minister of regional affairs SIim Kiisler says that the development of Rail Baltic railway line requires creating a special railway zone that is separated from the rest of the area, writes Postimees.

“The route will go in the shortest way through the Harju, Rapla and Pärnu counties. It is high-speed rail line and the first time that  we need to create a separated rail zone for the railway line that cuts through other areas,” said he minister.

According to Kiisler, at present there is a principle agreement that the Rail Baltic line will travel directly from Tallinn to Pärnu and on to Riga, taking the shortest route.

“The actual line between Tallinn and Riga is still in the planning process and will require extensive work,” said Kiisler.

The minister said that, among others, the planners need to consider ways to ensure that the rail line does not restrict movement of wild animals.

“Another issue is areas that are under natural protection or included in the Natura network. In addition, there are issues with people’s living environment and private land ownership,” added the minister.