In order to ensure modern, safe and convenient railway infrastructure that will also be adapted for the new passenger trains, by the end of 2023 LDz will modernize or construct new elevated plaforms and the adjacent infrastructure at 48 railway stations and stops on the following railway lines:
- Riga – Jelgava
On this railway line, passenger platforms will be modernized at the following at stations and stops: Baloži, BA Turība, Tīraine, Jaunolaine, Dalbe, Ozolnieki, while Atgāzene stop will be moved closer to Riga.
- Riga – Tukums II
On the railway line from Riga to Tukums, passenger platforms will be modernized at the following stations and stops: Priedaine, Jaundubulti, Ķemeri, Smārde, Milzkalne, Tukums I and Tukums II, and a new stop will be constructed at the 3rd km of Zasulauks - Bolderāja section and another at the 10th km of Zasulauks - Bolderāja section, the terminal at the level crossing on Silikātu Street.
- Riga – Krustpils
On this railway line, passenger platforms will be modernized at the following at stations and stops: Šķirotava, Gaisma, Dole, Ikšķile, Jaunogre, Ogre, Pārogre, Ciemupe, Ķegums, Lielvārde, Jumprava and Skrīveri.
- Riga – Skulte
On the railway line from Riga to Skulte, passenger platforms will be modernized at the following stations and stops: Zemitāni, Brasa, Sarkandaugava, Mangaļi, Ziemeļblāzma, Vecdaugava, Vecāķi, Kalngale, Garciems, Garupe, Carnikava, Gauja, Lilaste, Pabaži, Saulkrasti, Ķīšupe, Zvejniekciems and Skulte. Two new stopping points will be constructed on the railway line: one at the 8th km of Skulte railway section between Sarkandaugava and Mangaļi stations, and the other at the 9th km of Riga - Lugaži railway section between Čiekurkalns and Jugla stations.
LDz is implementing the project Modernization of Railway Passenger Infrastructure (link to the information in Latvian) as part of the measure 184.108.40.206 “modernization and construction of railway infrastructure” of the specific support measure 6.2.1. “to provide a competitive and environmentally-friendly TEN-T rail network, promoting its safety, quality and capacity” of the European Union’s (EU) Operational Program “Growth and Jobs”. The project’s total costs are planned at EUR 44.4 million, of which co-funding from the EU Cohesion Fund will make up 85 percent, and the remaining 15 percent will be paid by LDz with its own money.
Thinking about the needs of all society groups, at all of the modernized railway stations and stops LDz will build elevated platforms, modern and functional canopies, adjusted to the number and needs of passengers, benches and bicycle parking stands, as well as a client-friendly information and notification system that can be used by all society groups. The rail passenger infrastructure will be made accessible to people with movement, sight and hearing impairments, and tactile surfaces and guides will be provided for passengers with such special needs. Video surveillance will be installed to enhance passengers’ security.
Construction and modernization of the platforms will be carried out in accordance with the unified Universal Design Standard of SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš” Passenger Infrastructure (available in Latvian), that determines the visual appearance of railway stations, stops and passenger platforms managed by “Latvijas dzelzceļš”, their equipment and accessibility.
In the coming years, LDz plans to modernize elevated passenger platforms and related infrastructure also on other railway lines.