The official opening of LiepajaTram Line Extension or Construction Project was attended by the Mayor of Liepaja Uldis Sesks, Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve Guntis Rāvis, Board member of Liepājas tramvajs Aigars Puks and others.

The constructionof a new tram line in Liepaja is an important step in the development of public transport in Liepaja, since it is the first city in Latvia to build a new tram line after the country has regained its independence. The tram line will go along Tukuma Street from Klaipēdas Street to Ventas Street and will end with a circle in Slapjā Street.

UldisSesks, Mayor of Liepaja: “With this project we will finally fulfil the dream we have cherished since 1986, when the City Executive Committee, as it was called during the Soviet times, decided on the construction of a tram line to the Ezerkrasts residential area, which is the largest one in the city. The project will also allow us to improve the existing tram line links, so that every citizen of Liepaja will benefit from this. I believe that both our children and grandchildren will still be able to enjoy the results of this project!”

Guntis Rāvis,Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve: “Skonto Būve obtained the right to construct the Liepaja Tram Line Extension after participating in a competition. For the convenience of the citizens of Liepaja, we will build the new tram line of 1.8 km in a relatively short period of time, only six months. This will be the first newly build tram line since Latvia has regained its independence, and Skonto Būve is proud to implement a project that has been planned for decades.”

As an introduction to the event,an exhibition of old photographs depicting Liepaja Tram Line’s construction and development from its beginnings to the present day was opened in the Liepaja City Council. The photographs were provided from the collection of Juris Raķis.