On 4 February, the second railway track in the section Skrīveri-Krustpils, a most ambitious project worth over 100 million euros that will allow significant increase of train throughput, larger speed and greater security in the direction from Krustpils to Riga, was officially opened.

The ambitious project involved the construction of completely new railway infrastructure - new tracks of 56 km, engineering buildings and systems, reconstruction of a bridge over the River Pērse and the existing culverts and crossings. Also, a new bridge was built over the Aiviekste, becoming the first railway bridge built after the restoration of independence of Latvia. The project also included the reconstruction of five train stations and the development of territories.

Guntis Rāvis, Chair of the Board of “Skonto Būve” Ltd. said: “Within the last few years I have had the opportunity to name several large-scale projects which have been some of the greatest in the last decade. The development of railway infrastructure in the section Skrīveri-Krustpils is among them. The ability of Latvian enterprises to collaborate was the key to success in the implementation of various complex objects, and this project serves as excellent proof of this ability”.

“This was a long-awaited and carefully prepared project, which was needed both for the railway, as well as for Latvia. This major achievement will allow the company to work more efficiently, ensuring stable revenue to the state budget and contributing to the development of the railway sector in general. And people will certainly appreciate the reconstructed train station platforms and well-developed territories,” noted the President of the Latvian Railways Uģis Magonis.

The extensive work was carried out by “Skonto Būve” in general partnership with JSC “BMGS”, JSC “A.C.B” and “Binders” Ltd.