Stage 1 of the Project “Electrification of the Latvian railway network” shall be implemented within Measure 18.104.22.168 “Electrification of the Latvian Railway Network” of specific support goal 6.2.1 “To provide a competitive and environmentally friendly TEN-T railway network facilitating its safety, quality, and capacity” of the Operational Programme “Growth and Employment” of the programming period 2014–2020 of the Cohesion Fund of the European Union (EU) Funds.
Stage 1 of the Project is the largest planned project co-financed by the European Union Cohesion Fund in Latvia until now. Within the project, it is envisaged to electrify the railway lines Daugavpils-Krustpils, Rēzekne-Krustpils and Krustpils-Riga by 2023. Respective procurement procedures shall be carried out in 2018 aiming to launch design works in 2019, and construction works from 2020 to 2023.
Transit transportation, cargoes predominantly coming from Russia and Belarus and going to the Latvian ports (East-West transit corridor), accounts for the majority of cargoes shipped by rail. Stage 1 of the Project will result in a fully electrified transit corridor leading to one of the main ports, Riga, where the largest amount of cargo is handled.
The estimated total costs of Stage 1 are planned to amount to 441 million euro, out of which 347 million euro shall be the co-financing of the European Union Cohesion Fund. On 5 December 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia supported further development of this electrification solution.
Stage 1 of the Project is part of the railway network electrification programme which also includes electrification of the railway line going in the direction of the Ventspils port, and restoration of the electrical network in the Greater Riga area.