Rail Baltica residents want route to pass through nature reserve

It is hoped the first trains from Tallinn via Riga to Kaunas and beyond will be rolling through the Baltic landscape in a decade's time -- but meanwhile wrangles about the route of the huge Rail Baltica infrastructure project continue in Latvia, reports Latvian Radio's Zane Mače.

Riga Airport passenger numbers up 10% on year

Preliminary data released by Riga International Airport on its performance in the first seven months of 2017 show that altogether 3.4 million passengers were serviced during the first seven months of the year, which is 10.1% more than in the same period of 2016.

 

Riga road repair ructions revived

Less than a year after Latvia's social media went into meltdown over chaotic road repairs on Barona iela, one of Riga's main streets, the process is repeating itself on Brivibas iela, the capital's most important and famous thoroughfare, as well as other important arteries such as Elizabetes iela, home to many hotels.

Tallink to test Helsinki-Riga route

The listed Estonian shipper Tallink is sending a test cruise from Helsinki to Riga at the end of this week to figure out the interest of Finns in traveling to Riga by ship, reports LETA newswire. 

Riga criticized over 12 km bike path plan

The Riga city plan to build a 12 km, €3m bike path connecting the Imanta and Daugavgrīva neighborhoods has been criticized as non-priority, reports Latvian Radio. 

Rail boss becomes port boss

The board of the Freeport of Riga in a June 28 meeting unanimously approved Latvijas Dzelzcels railroad company's council chairman Ansis Zeltins as the port’s new boss, reported LETA news agency.

Rail Baltica ratified by Saeima

Latvia joined Estonia June 22 is ratifying the binding agreement on the construction of the major Rail Baltica rail link through the Baltic states, leaving only Lithuania now to formally and fully commit to the project.

Estonia first to ratify Rail Baltica agreement

The Estonian parliament, the Riigikogu, on June 19 became the first of the three Baltic states to ratify the agreement governing the construction of a new high-speed rail line, Rail Baltica.

Rail boss set to become port boss

A commission assessing candidates for the Freeport of Riga CEO has picked Latvijas Dzelzcels railroad company council chairman Ansis Zeltins as the best candidate.

Government moves forward with train procurement project

The state-owned Pasazieru Vilciens (Passenger Train) company will continue its procurement for 32 new electric trains, even though the project will have an impact on the state budget, as the government supported the move in principle on June 13.

Riga braces for roadworks season

Riga will spend €12m to repair wide stretches of the capital's chief streets including Brīvības, Valdemāra, Elizabetes, Stabu, Dzirnavu, Merķeļa and others this summer. The way roadworks are organized have already faced criticism. 

Tram fans can enjoy an hour-long ride

A new tram route - tram line Number 1 - has started serving passengers from June 5. It joins the neighborhoods of Jugla and Imanta in a ride that lasts a little more than an hour. 

airBaltic receives new CS300 aircraft

On June 2 Latvian national flag carrier airBaltic received the fourth of its 20 Bombardier CS300 jets on firm order. By the end of this year, airBaltic is planning to have eight CS300 aircraft.