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Train companies mulling return of Rīga-Ventspils passenger service

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On Monday, April 23, for the first time in many years a passenger train entered the Ventspils railway station.

Aboard were representatives of "Latvijas dzelzceļš" (Latvian Railways) and "Pasažieru vilciens" (Passenger Train) arriving in Ventspils as part of an effort to see if passenger services should be restored between the Latvian capital and the coastal city.    

During the trip, AS "Pasažieru vilciens" management assessed the existing infrastructure and discussions were held on whether a rail link would be cost-effective and able to compete sufficiently on cost and time with coach services by road between the two cities.

"This is, I think, the most important, and as a result of its evaluation, if we understand how we can reach the maximum, we will, of course, also come to the municipality," said Rodžers Jānis Grigulis, Chairman of the Board of Pasazieru vilciens.

They also planted some trees before hopping back on the train.

Ventspils is the only major city from which a passenger train does not run to Rīga, though freight and oil wagons can be seen completing the route many times each day. However, volumes have been steadily falling, partially as a result of Russia increasingly using its own ports wherever possible.

Imants Sarmulis, a member of Ventspils Freeport's management board, said: "There are things we can't influence. We'll hope for the best and see what happens."

Passenger services on the route came to an end in 2010.

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