Latvijas dzelzcels (LDz, “Latvian Railways”) plans to electrify the country’s entire railway network by 2040, LDz CEO Maris Kleinbergs told a news conference.

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This was reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

According to him, schemes and mechanisms for financing the project are being developed, as well as cost estimates. According to preliminary estimates, the required funding will range from 4 billion euros to 4.5 billion euros.

As explained in LDz, this amount of funding is provided for all projects to modernize LDz infrastructure by 2035: electrification, increasing the speed of trains, construction of passenger platforms, etc.

Kleinbergs also reminded that the project of electrification of the Latvian railway was stopped in the spring of 2020. According to him, then during the implementation of the project the emphasis was on freight, but later it became clear that the volume of projected freight flows will not be achieved. Currently, the electrification project is based on the provision of passenger traffic.

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Reconstruction of electrified railway tracks with a length of 81 km in the Riga railway junction is currently underway, the capacity will be increased from 3.3 kV to 25 kV. The project, which is planned to be implemented by 2026, provides 72.2 million euros from the EU Recovery Fund.

The chairman of the board of LDz said that initially by 2026 it is planned to electrify the railway lines to Jelgava, Skulta and Tukums II, by 2028 – the railway to Krustpils.

After that, it is planned to electrify the railway lines in Rēzekne, Daugavpils and Valka by 2035, and by 2040 – in Liepaja and Ventspils.

Kleinbergs stressed that the main goal of the project is to make train traffic more environmentally friendly. Modernization will provide other benefits, including reduced costs.

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