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'Critical state' Vanšu bridge could only see repairs in 2023
The rusty railings of the Vanšu Bridge in Rīga have been cordoned off for two years. However, the Rīga City Council is only planning to announce procurement for this and other bridge construction projects, meaning that real work could begin only in two years, Latvian Radio reported June 11.
Tourism industry hopes for lift of 'unnecessary travel' ban
The biggest obstacle to the tourism sector in Latvia is currently a ban on entry for 'non-essential' reasons, and no influx of tourists can be expected until it is lifted, Santa Graikste, executive director of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants, told Latvian Radio June 8.
Train stations to be more accessible by other means of transport
The Ministry of Transport (SM) said June 4 that to encourage residents to choose the train more frequently for their daily trips, the Rīga and vicinity railway stations will be turned into "mobility points" with the financing of the Recovery and Resilience Fund.
'Rail Baltica Academy' aims to provide express education
The Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS has announced the continuation of its 'Rail Baltica Academy', a knowledge-sharing platform that provides a series of public lectures for students as well as for the general public across the Baltic countries.
Rīga transport official suspended from duties again
Rīga mayor Mārtiņš Staķis (For!/Progressives) announced May 26 that he was suspending the director of the city council's transport department, Vitālijs Reinbahs, over allegations of possible fictitious employment contracts and misuse of municipal funds.
Latvia restricts air traffic with Belarus
In response to the actions of the Belarusian authorities in intercepting a civilian passenger aircraft, on the evening of May 25, the Latvian government introduced restrictions on carriers registered in Belarus entering Latvian airspace and using Latvian airports.
Mandatory Covid-19 testing creates crowds at Rīga airport
Since March this year, people entering Latvia from third countries have had to carry out mandatory Covid-19 tests on arrival. At the airport, this test is carried out in the corridor of the arrival terminal, before crossing the border. When several flights arrive in a short time, there are queues and crowds, Latvian Television reported May 18.
Larger, faster ferries to link Latvia with Germany and Sweden
During the pandemic, cargo ferry traffic between the ports of Liepāja in Latvia and Travemunde in Germany is experiencing stability and even growth. The company "Stena Line" has announced that soon larger and faster ferries will run from Liepāja.
Latvia's green policy goals: what to do with old cars?
Along with other European countries, Latvia has set ambitious climate targets, including sharp reductions in vehicle CO2 and other emissions. But, according to the Latvian auto association, it is not clear how to reach these goals on a national level, Latvian Television broadcast De Facto reported May 16.
Tallink hopes to resume Rīga-Helsinki route this year
The Estonian ferry operator Tallink Grupp does not plan to restore ferry traffic between Stockholm and Riga this year, but still looks forward to the resumption of movement between Riga and Helsinki, Paavo Nõgene, Chairman of Tallink Board, said in an interview to Latvian Radio May 12.
New highway construction launched in Rīga
On Wednesday 12 May, the first preparations will be launched for the construction of the 1st round of the East Highway from Ieriķu Street to Vietalva Street in Rīga, according to the city council transport department.
Speed limits tweaked for summer season
This week sees changes to speed limits on certain stretches of road in Latvia, with slightly higher speed limits allowed during the summer season compared to during winter conditions.
Wooden electric car made in Liepāja
A unique wooden electric car prototype has been developed in the smart Technology study program at Liepāja University, Latvian Television reported May 3.

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