Latvia's passenger train company head steps down

Rodžers Jānis Grigulis, chairman of the board of the passenger train company Pasažieru Vilciens (brand name Vivi), has decided to step down, Latvian Television reported March 7.

Grigulis said that he was taking responsibility for the new electric train crisis, which was now overcome, so it was time to step down.

“Each employee of the JSC Pasažieru Vilciens responsibly and in good faith performed their duties, and collaborated both within the company and with other industry actors in implementing a risk mitigation plan. Since the plan has been successfully implemented, I decided to ease public pressure and resign as chairman of the board,” Grigulis explained in a statement.

It is known that on Thursday, March 7, the movement of trains on the Riga-Tukums line was affected, however, as Grigulis explains, the disruption was due to problems in railway infrastructure – power cuts were detected.

At the same time, Grigulis added that the company still faces new challenges, including building the new repair center, accepting the remaining Škoda Vagonka trains, and introducing international transportation.

The other two members of the board of directors Aldis Daugavvanags and Raitis Nešpors retain their positions.

Grigulis has held the position of Board Member of the Pasazieru Vilciens since 2017. He was reelected to office by the company's board in 2022 with a five-year term.

The Board of Directors of the company will decide on further actions regarding the vacant seat of the chairperson of the Board of Directors soon.

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