Russia expects return favor for transit
Outgoing director of Estonian Railways Sulev Loo describes how trains pile up in the Saint Petersburg junction, while political passivity and an unfortunate railroad reform are keeping them from being sent to Estonia.
15.02.2017, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
We could have a Tartu-Riga train tomorrow
Former chief engineer of Latvian Railways, Rail Baltic consultant Kaido Zimmermann explains why we need a fast European railway through Pärnu, while bringing in Tartu would make everything more difficult.
15.12.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Editorial: a real reform? Really?
In Estonia, the public is rather accustomed to reforms for outward show while serious political decisions are avoided. The more remarkable that the state enterprises ownership policy overhaul, though rather generally described in coalition treaty, has in a year developed some content and by what is known looks rather credible and prudent.
«Transit business may vanish in four days»
Back from Moscow to see about transit options, Estonian Railways CEO Sulev Loo advises that we Estonians learn from Latvians who gained remarkable-for-Europe economic growth from working actively Eastward.
20.04.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Estonian Railways cadre detained
On Tuesday, Estonian Railways communication and security head Indrek Süld was detained for 48 hours by Security Police as suspected in breach of procurement rules.
04.03.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Estonian railway official suspected of violation of tender rules
Officials of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) on Tuesday detained for 48 hours the head of the communications and safety department of the state-owned railway company Estonian Railways, Indrek Suld, who is suspected of violating tender rules.
03.03.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Incoming helmsman believes Port of Tallinn not steeped in corruption
To boost competitiveness, the port and Estonian Railways will need to operate as a cluster or holding corporation says Valdo Kalm yesterday elected as Port of Tallinn CEO.
15.01.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Bribe possibly passed in Pärnu
To this day, official information is unavailable by Latvia on shared corruption scandal with Estonia. Estonia's law enforcement, having provided legal assistance to Latvian colleagues, is obliged to keep mouth shut.
12.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Ex-head of Latvian Railways tried to escape arrest
Ugis Magonis, the former head of Latvijas Dzelzcels (Latvian Railways), tried to escape from the anti-corruption officers who arrived to detain him last week, information obtained by BNS suggests.
Sulev Loo picked for CEO of Estonian Railways
The supervisory board of Estonian Railways decided after an analysis of the results of a targeted search for new chief executive of the state-held rail infrastructure company to invite Sulev Loo to start contract negotiations.
Tallinn-Moscow train is back. With changes
At 1:38 pm this Saturday, a train from Moscow again rolled into The Baltic Station – Balti jaam – in Tallinn. The connection had been cut about two months ago.
13.07.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Estonian Railways applying brakes to North-South transit
Attempts by Port of Tallinn and Transiidikeskus (Transit Centre) to use «Old Rail Baltic» for carrying Finnish goods to Europe have bumped into indecisiveness of Estonian Railways amid power struggle.
05.06.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Tallinn-Moscow train route to be temporarily closed
Since the Russian Railways subsidiary Federalnaya Passazhirskaya Kompaniya (FPK) has not yet made the decision about taking over the Tallinn-Moscow passenger operation and current operator Gorail will stop operating the route on Monday, the route must be temporarily closed, Estonian Railways said.
Estonian Railways board denied bonus
Board members of Estonian Railways Ahti Asmann, Parbo Juchnewitsch, Sergei Fedorenko and Toomas Virro will miss their expected yearly bonus for failing to timely detect a mess in the company’s materials accountancy.
26.03.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Passenger trains carry financial relief to transit business
Come next year, passenger train firms will be paying Estonian Railways quadruple the current infrastructure fee. To keep ticket prices in check, the added money comes from national budget.
28.01.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
State weighs takeover of eastbound trains
«By December 1st GoRail will have decided whether we continue selling tickets to Moscow and St Petersburg lines after January 13th or not,» said SEO Jüri Etverk. «Passengers need not worry as all tickets sold to them are valid.»
05.11.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Estonian rail freight carrier’s cargo volume down by 4.4 per cent in first half-year
Estonian state-owned rail freight carrier EVR Cargo’s freight volume reached 1.14 million tons in June, increasing by 4.2 per cent year-on-year. The overall freight volume in the first half of the year remains 4.4 per cent short of last year’s same period, amounting to 8.1 million tons in total.
Port yields a whale of a dividend
With Port of Tallinn turnover remarkably up this year, the state draws out close to €53m as dividends and income tax – almost double the haul of 2013.
30.05.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
State cash needed to keep trains from slowing down
Fresh Estonian Railways chairman Raivo Vare attempts to open governmental eyes to a dramatic change – the well that kept passenger trains going, Russian transit business, has for Estonia run hopelessly dry.
28.05.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Editorial: the absent barrier
In a grave accident at Raasiku, Harju County yesterday, a Tallinn-Tartu passenger train was hit by a heavy truck. The crash claimed two lives – one in truck, the other in train. Several were injured. With a hundred-some folks travelling towards Tartu in the four-carriage Elron train, if might easily have been worse.
Train accident takes two lives
«I just prayed God keep us alive,» said Margit, a survivor among the hundred-some train riders who were spared in the truck-against-train crash, yesterday. Two died and twelve were hurt in the accident.
17.04.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Viljandi to Tallinn, under two hours
In schedule published today, the train company Elron pledges to launch extra trains starting June 1st. At that, a fresh Viljandi express will be transporting travellers to Tallinn in less than two hours.
13.03.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Railway served surprise January backlash
In January, carriage of goods on railway dropped to Bronze Night times level, largely due to lowest volume of oil carried in years.
18.02.2014, Aivar Reinap