Latvian Railways (LDz) has planned for this year an investment of EUR 220.15 million in railway infrastructure projects. Along with infrastructure development projects like Construction of the second track in section Skrīveri – Krustpils, Reconstruction of marshalling hump in Šķirotava station, Construction of Bolderāja 2 station with connecting track to terminals in Krievu, Latvian Railways will launch this year additional projects funded under the EU Cohesion Fund. Among these projects are the modernization of data transmission network, modernization of signaling system and reconstruction of rail tracks in Liepāja station, installation of traffic management system in Riga marshalling yard, the modernisation of 16 railway stations on Jurmala – Jelgava railway line.
In 2014, LDz Infrastruktūra Ltd. plans to modernise and carry out other repairs on more than 103 lines. Reconstruction of rail tracks and level crossings will take place in the following sections:
- Zālīte – Iecava and Iecava Station, including the overhaul of one level crossing;
- Līksna – c.p.383, including the overhaul of one level crossing;
- Sakstagals – Rēzekne and Rēzekne II Station, including the overhaul of one level crossing;
- Elkšķene – Ugāle, including the overhaul of two level crossings;
- Garoza – Zālīte and Zālīte Station, including the overhaul of two level crossings.
49.54 km of track will be reconstructed and six level crossings and 37 engineering structures will undergo overhauling as part of the project.
In 2015, LDz plan to invest EUR 166.73 million in railway infrastructure projects. The modernisation of the current electric networks, the electrification of the main lines, replacing the 3 kV DC network with a new 25kV AC system are part of the large scale electrification project carried out by the company. The costs of the project are estimated at approximately EUR 450 million, LDz currently working on project proposals for EU funding.