EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc and Anrijs Matīss, Latvian Minister of Transport visited Rīga Šķirotava Marshaling yard, the main marshalling yard of Latvian Railways, in order to check the progress on the project “Reconstruction of marshalling hump in Šķirotava station”. The project includes the reconstruction of the tracks (3.2 km) and shunting equipment, such as switches, point machines and retarders. The hump top will be reconstructed, as well as the telecommunication and power supply systems.
The yard includes 26 tracks, which are comprised of three sets of tracks for splitting-up, formation and preselection of wagons.
After upgrading the marshalling yard wagon processing capacity will increase from 2,000 vehicles a day to 3,500 vehicles.
The local contractor BMGS and his subcontractor SIEMENS won a design-and-build contract to modernize the facility. Siemens delivered the retarders and hump control system MSR32.
The EUR 38.9 million project will be completed this year.