Rīga to start improving environment around Rail Baltica

At the end of January, construction work will be launched to integrate the Rail Baltica railway into the Rīga Center infrastructure. Three crossings will be rebuilt by the end of the year and pedestrian, cycling and public transport infrastructure will be built anew, said the Rīga City Council (RD) on January 24.

The project “Integration of the Rail Baltica railway infrastructure of European importance into the infrastructure of the Riga City Center” aims to ensure safe and convenient movement for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport in the adjacent area of the Central Station, said RD.

The construction area covers the entire Ģenerāļa Radziņa embankment from 13. janvāra to Jēzusbaznīcas Street, as well as the territories adjacent to the Riga bus station and the Central Market.

Several crossings will be rebuilt in this area, as well as underground and other engineering communications: the external water pipeline and sewer networks, gas supply systems, electricity supply and distribution networks, etc., will be restored. 

The project will create safer mobility solutions for pedestrians and cyclists, environmental improvements, and greenery throughout the infrastructure conversion area.

“Rail Baltica construction enables Rīga to make people more comfortable and update areas that have long needed tidying up. In a large area around the Central Station – up to the bus station and the Daugava waterfront, including the public space around the Central Market up to Puškina Street – this year a reconstruction will be carried out, which will turn this part of the city around.

"It will become a fully integrated environment in the city's bloodstream. This is a case where it is not a distant vision but a rapid reality – construction work will start in the coming weeks, by the end of the year it is planned to be completed. Like all works, these will also cause temporary inconvenience, but I hope the builder will expertly organize all kinds of traffic during the repairs [..]. This is a very important investment in Rīga, both in terms of the city's image and financially, since almost EUR 30 million is invested, the absolute majority of which is European funds money,” said Vilnis Ķirsis, Riga City Council Vice-Mayor (New Unity).

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