Riga mayor hints at central bus terminal move

As the Riga Central Station will be rebuilt in the Rail Baltica project, it might be moved either under the railroad station or to the Torņakalns neighborhood on the left bank of Daugava, Riga mayor Nils Ušakovs told Latvian Radio on March 30.

He said that the central bus station might be moved and that it might add local suburban bus routes and intra-city buses. 

Two possible scenarios envision moving it either under the railroad station or to the Torņakalns neighborhood on the left bank of Daugava.

Last fall the Riga City Council granted €290,000 for building a regional bus terminal in Torņakalns and connecting it to the Torņakalns train station by 2023.

As reported, the Riga Central Railway Station will be rebuilt for the Rail Baltica project using design by Danish architect firms PLH Arkitekter and COWI.

The project entails a massive rebuild of the central station, leveling the embankment currently all but separating two parts of the city, as well as building a new bridge over the Daugava River featuring an integrated bicycle and pedestrian path.

Preparatory works are to start in 2018 but construction might start in 2019 or 2020.

Rail Baltica is a proposed high-speed line to link Helsinki with Berlin through the Baltic capitals by 2024.

The key goal of the project is to renew regional integration by re-joining the Baltic states with the European rail network.

The project will cost Latvia about €1.27b. The first part of the project acquired more than 80% in funding from the Connecting Europe Facility.

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