Rail Baltica national implementing body Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas has launched the largest tender for the construction of the Rail Baltica railway line in Latvia. The tender “Rail Baltica main line construction in Latvia” aims for an early contractor involvement to carry out the Rail Baltica mainline, and infrastructure construction works in Latvia (outside the capital city of Riga). The international tender for the construction works will be carried out in two stages. It is expected that the winner will be chosen, and contract concluded at the end of 2022, ensuring that the construction of the new railway line can start in the first half of 2023.Up to 85% of the project is financed from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility with the remaining part being ensured by the Latvian state budget.The winner of the tender will have to provide construction works of substructure and superstructure for the Rail Baltica railway line of more than 200 km in the territory of Latvia and outside the limits of Riga city, including preparation of the territory, construction of embankments, railway bridges, roads, overpasses and rails and shift of networks.The construction of railway electrification and signalling sub-systems will not be procured within the framework of the announced tender. To implement common approach and considering the complexity of these railway systems and the high system safety requirements, new procurement is planned to be launched centrally by the Rail Baltica joint venture and global project coordinator RB Rail AS.The total length of the Rail Baltica railway line in Latvia is approximately 260 km starting at the Lithuania-Latvia border and running through 10 municipal territories: Bauska, Ķekava, Olaine, Mārupe county, the capital city Riga towards the direction of Estonia through Salaspils, Ropaži, Sigulda, Saulkrasti and Limbaži counties.