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Estonia - Articles and news items

Vital Estonian infrastructure renovation to ensure safety and quality

Issue 2 2016 / 23 March 2016 /

On 5 November 2015 railways in Estonia celebrated their 145th anniversary. Over the course of nearly one and a half centuries, Estonia has seen various governments in power and different principles, technology and tools employed in railway construction. With some important repairs already finished, Sulev Loo, Chairman of the Management Board – General Director of Estonian Railways Ltd., highlights what is next on the list of projects to bring more of its infrastructure up-to-date…

Estonian freight operator reports fall in March freight volumes

Rail industry news / 24 April 2015 /

EVR Cargo, the Estonian state-owned rail freight operator, has reported a reduction in freight volumes during March 2015.

Upholding high safety levels on the Estonian railway network

Issue 2 2015 / 7 April 2015 /

The Technical Regulatory Authority in Estonia is an agency working under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications with a broader objective to help implement national economic policies through the improvement of safety, organising sensible use of limited resources and increasing the reliability of products in the fields of manufacturing environments, industrial equipment, railways, and electronic communication. In the field of railways, the Technical Regulatory Authority acts as the National Safety Authority (NSA) for Estonia in-line with European Union legislation. The NSAs responsibilities have been divided between two departments: the Railway Transport Department and the Railway Infrastructure Department. Heigo Saare, Head of the Railway Infrastructure Department, provides further information and explains the key activities of the Authority…

Rail investment and development is a priority in Estonia

Issue 3 2014 / 4 June 2014 /

Ahti Asmann, Chairman of the Management Board at AS Eesti Radutee explains that a series of major improvements have been carried out to the railways in Estonia over recent years, and 2014 is set to continue this trend. Following the recent separation of the country’s rail infrastructure and cargo enterprises, the next aim is to bring about extreme changes in the quality of passenger traffic in Estonia. Already seen in early-2014 was the opening of a brand new passenger train park, plus the approval of the Estonian Government’s Development Plan of Transportation 2014-2020, which further demonstrates the higher goals for the development of railway transportation in the country.

Estonian Railways invests to meet modern requirements

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

The railway in Estonia has been expected to keep up with many requirements over its 142-year history, during which time there have been many key events and rapid developments – through wars, shifts of governments and regimes, development of technology, privatisation and re-nationalisation – the railway has worked at its own pace. Estonian rail infrastructure now runs to neighbouring countries and the noisy steam locomotives have been replaced by quiet fast trains; but the railway has not lost its essence. AS Eesti Raudtee – Estonian Railways – has now reached a new milestone. The sums invested in the railway have never been so large, and the railway infrastructure has never been in such good condition as it is today.

Investments are key to the development of Eesti Raudtee

Issue 3 2011 / 31 May 2011 /

Whilst the other Baltic countries are still considering whether to start work on the Rail Baltica project and discussing how extensive it should be, Estonia will soon be completing the reconstruction of the southbound railway line.

The group of undertakings under Eesti Raudtee was established on 14 January 2009, when the affiliate, AS EVR Infra, founded to manage the infrastructure. Another affiliate of Eesti Raudtee was also established at that time, namely the carrier of goods AS EVR Cargo. Consequently, EVR Infra has been running the infrastructure investment projects for the last two years.

Ready for the challenges

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

Steering the global recession to an upswing assumes new ideas and solutions from all economic sectors, and a well-functioning transportation system is one of the most important success factors in this process – we can accelerate growth of the economy only with efficient logistics.

Estonian Railways quickly adapts to changing economic circumstances

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

With its 140-year history, Estonian Railways has been a bright example in illustrating how to adapt to circumstances and successfully cope with them in the rapidly changing economic environment of recent years. 2009 represented an important year for Estonian Railways, when it carried out several significant changes concerning its tariff system, investments, and the optimisation of its activities.

On 14 January 2009, Estonian Railways founded two new affiliates: EVR Infra Ltd. (a rail infrastructure undertaking) and EVR Cargo Ltd. (a rail transport services undertaking). These companies have become a group of undertakings working under control of Estonian Railways Ltd.

Significant developments help future sustainability

Issue 2 2008, Past issues / 8 April 2008 /

2007 was one of the most controversial years in Estonian Railways’ history. The year could be characterised by the repurchase of company’s shares by the government, record freight volumes during the first months of the year, record low volumes during the second half of the year, cost savings, staff reductions, efficiency improvements and preparation of the new business plan.