Euro­pean Com­mis­sion ap­proves 97.4 mil­lion-worth Skanstes tram line project

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The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has approved Riga’s tramway in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment project. As part of this project, it is planned to build the 3.5 km Skanstes tram line, which will cost EUR 97.4 mil­lion, as re­ported by Rī­gas satiksme rep­re­sen­ta­tive Vik­tors Zakis.

The project in­volves the con­struc­tion of a 3.6 km tram line on Per­navas Street – Sencu Street – Zirnu Street – Skanstes Street – Sporta Street and re­con­struc­tion of 5th and 9th tram line in­fra­struc­ture all the way to the city centre.

Se­cur­ing ap­pro­pri­ate en­ergy supply is also planned. This in­cludes the con­struc­tion of a new substation, re­con­struc­tion of another one and con­struc­tion of new con­tact net­works. The project also in­cludes the con­struc­tion of 11 new stops and pro­cure­ment of 12 new low-floor trams, as well as re­con­struc­tion of spe­cific stops, re­lo­ca­tion of en­gi­neer­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tem.

The to­tal costs of this project are es­ti­mated at EUR 97.4 mil­lion. Fund­ing avail­able from the Co­he­sion Fund will cover EUR 65.7 mil­lion. There is also the re­serve of EUR 4.3 mil­lion, which will be al­lo­cated after 31 De­cem­ber 2018 if the project meets all of the nec­es­sary cri­te­ria. Fund­ing from Rī­gas satiksme will cover EUR 27.4 mil­lion of the project’s costs.

It is cur­rently es­ti­mated that con­struc­tion may com­mence in the second half of 2018, be­cause ap­prox­i­mately one year is needed for de­vel­op­ment of the tech­ni­cal side of the project. Co­or­di­na­tion of all work also re­quires time. The project is planned to be com­pleted by 2022.

RS notes that Stanstes tram line will al­low the cre­ation of a cir­cle around Riga’s his­toric centre.

Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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