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About the Project

Stage 1 of the Project “Electrification of the Latvian railway network” shall be implemented within Measure 6.2.1.1 “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.

Timeline of implementation of Stage 1

Stage 2 of the railway network electrification project aims to electrify the railway line from Krustpils to the Ventspils port. Electrification of this line is planned to be carried out during the next EU Funds programming period after 2020. However, there are ongoing negotiations with Belarus regarding the electrification of railway sections in borderland territories to enable electrification of the railway line Daugavpils–Indra. The Mid-Term Governmental Action Plan of the Republic of Latvia and Belarus, for cooperation in the key directions, provides for cooperation in implementing digital and “green” technologies in the transport and logistics industry, including research on the feasibility of the railway line linking Latvia and Belarus.

Stage 3 will focus on the restoration of the only currently electrified railway network, built in the 1950s to 1970s, in the Greater Riga area.

The railway electrification project meets the goals included in the strategic planning documents of the European Union and Latvia that provide gradual transition of the transport sector to environmentally friendly solutions, thereby reducing the negative impact on the environment caused by the industry. The Project complies with the specific support goal “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 Funds. Electrification of the railway network as a priority project has been included in the National Development Plan for 2014–2020, Guidelines of Transport Development for 2014–2020, and the governmental action plan – Declaration on the implementation of actions planned by the Cabinet of Ministers led by Māris Kučinskis.

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