Tuesday 8 September 2020

Latvia: Procurement for upgrade of railway passenger platforms and construction of new stations announced

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In order to ensure modern, safe and convenient railway infrastructure that will be adapted for the new passenger trains, SJSC Latvijas Dzelzceļš (LDz) has announced a tender for the design and construction of 48 stations and stopping points. During the project, LDz for the first time in the history of Latvian railway will build passenger infrastructure based on unified visual guidelines.

As a result of the project, there will be fully upgraded passenger infrastructure on electrified railway lines Riga-Tukums II, Riga-Skulte, Riga-Krustpils and Riga-Jelgava. During the project, new passenger stopping points will be built next to Silikatu Street and Slokas Street (on Tornakalns-Bolderaja line), Dauderi (on Zemitani-Skulte line) and close to Alfa shopping mall (on Riga-Cesis line).

LDz board chairman Māris Kleinbergs said: “Railway as a way of transportation is becoming more popular in Latvia, therefore it is important to create accessible, convenient and safe infrastructure for every passenger that would make passengers choose train over other means of transport. I am confident that upgrade and construction of these 48 train stations and stopping points will be a significant step towards railway as the backbone of traffic in Latvia.”

LDz during the project closely cooperated with the Transport Ministry, JSC Pasažieru Vilciens and the Road Transport Directorate. Also, social partners, experts of urban environment and transport sector were involved in discussions on how to make infrastructure available and convenient for every resident, including people with disabilities.

Each station and stopping point will have elevated platforms, modern and functional canopies, benches and parking space for bicycles, tactile markings and guidance systems, information and video surveillance systems, information stands of unified standard, as well as access to platforms for people with disabilities. At the same time, the project also provides for moving some stopping points to more convenient locations and reconstruction of some rail tracks.

M Kleinbergs continued by saying: “The goal of LDz is to become a modern and well-managed company, and the passenger infrastructure also should become modern and meet clients’ needs. In the coming years, the new JSC Pasažieru Vilciens electric trains will start running, and the railway infrastructure should be compatible with these trains.”

Considering the size of the project, the procurement has been divided into six parts: construction of elevated platforms on Riga-Jelgava railway line; construction of elevated platforms on Riga-Tukums II railway line; construction of elevated platforms on Riga-Krustpils railway line; construction of elevated platforms on Kalngale-Skulte section of Zemitani-Skulte railway line; introduction of unified information and video surveillance systems.

Candidates may submit their proposals for each part of the procurement separately, but one candidate may also submit a proposal for one or several parts of the procurement. More information is available atldz.lv/lv/iepirkumi.

(Source: LDZ)

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