What are pedestrian overpasses and tunnels?
Pedestrian overpasses and tunnels are structures that ensure the free movement of people across the railway line. Pedestrian overpasses and tunnels are designed so that they can be used by pedestrians, cyclists and persons with reduced mobility.
Where are pedestrian overpasses and tunnels used?
Pedestrian overpasses and tunnels are especially important in urban and sub-urban areas, where a dense network of transport connections on both sides of the railway line exist, and where these connections cannot be destroyed (in some cases, they may even need to be improved). It is a priority of the Rail Baltica project to use pedestrian overpasses with ramps, elevators and stairs as much as possible, leaving tunnels as a secondary choice to be used in cases where there is not enough physical space to construct a pedestrian overpass. Tunnels are only the preferred solution in locations with existing or upcoming cycling lanes.
The design and visual identity of pedestrian overpasses and tunnels
The inspiration for the design of pedestrian overpasses comes from the repeating modular elements of traditional roofing on Baltic buildings. The main principle for tunnel designs is to ensure that the tunnels are well-lit and secure.
*The images are illustrative and may differ from final design of infrastruture objects.