'Nonexistent' railway crossing to be reopened in Rīga

As of March this year, the railway crossing closed last November under absurd circumstances will be reopened, Agnese Līcīte, head of communication project manager of the State JSC Latvian Railways, told Latvian Television's 4. studija broadcast on January 13.

Late last year, a rail crossing on Ezera Street was closed, inconveniencing and infuriating thousands of locals and businesses. This was done because the crossing did not appear in a project agreement to which EU funding was attracted, so formally it did not exist.

The reality had to align with what was on the blueprints so the crossing was closed. As a result of the closure, it now takes about 6 kilometers longer to get to the city center from Ezera Street, plus congestion.

Līcīte, representative of Latvian Railways, confirmed that the crossing is planned to reopen no later than March 1 this year.

'We have set such a deadline for the development of the project so that a solution can be found to restore the operation of this level crossing. This means that, as of March of this year, no later than March 1, the crossing will be reopened and operating in a similar mode to the one previously used, with the alarm system. So it's going to be a regulated railway crossing,” said Līcīte.

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