Latvian Railways (VAS „Latvijas dzelzceļš”, LDz) has opened for operations the second track from Skrīveri to Krustpils (Rīga – Krustpils railway section), part of East-West transport corridor. The total value of the second track construction project, including civil engineering works, was EUR 113.37 million. It represents one of the major infrastructure projects implemented by LDz.
The construction works for the 54km long second track were carried out by a partnership of Skonto Būve, BMGS, A.C.B. un Binders companies. These included the renovation of railway stations, stops and level crossings, construction of high-level platforms and of two new bridges over Aiviekste and Perse rivers. The railway section was equipped with modern microprocessor centralization system and train traffic management and signaling systems.
In 2011, the volume of freight traffic on Riga – Krustpils railway section was 24.1 million tons per year, reaching 97% of the maximum throughput capacity of the section. The section will serve freight and suburban, local and international passenger rail traffic.
The project was financed by the EU Cohesion Fund (EUR 65.5 million) and from LDz own resources.