Adaptation of the Riga tram infrastructure to the low-floor tram parameters

“Rīgas satiksme” has filed a project application with the Central Finance and Contracting Agency to raise co-funding from the European Union Cohesion Fund for the development of Riga tramway infrastructure. The co-funding is intended for infrastructural renewal of a section of the 5th tram route and several sections of the 7th tram route, in order to adjust the specified tram route sections for low-floor tram traffic and improve environment accessibility for the elderly and physically impaired, as well as for parents with children. Scheduled for commencement this year, the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Works included in the project:

  • Reconstruction and renewal of the infrastructure of the tram route No. 5 in the section from intersection of Slokas Street and Jūrmalas gatve to the final stop "Iļģuciems" – approximately 2 km;
  • Reconstruction and renewal of the infrastructure of the tram route No. 7 in the sections from Centrāltirgus Street to the final stop "Ķengarags" – approximately 7 km;
  • Reconstruction and renewal of the tram infrastructure in 11. novembra krastmala and 13. janvāra Street5_tram.jpg

Tram route No. 5:

  • Construction, reconstruction and renewal of the energy supply facilities;
  • Reconstruction and renewal of the rail tracks;
  • Construction and reconstruction of the stop platforms.

Tram route No. 7:

  • Construction, reconstruction and renewal of the energy supply facilities;7_tram_de6e8.jpg
  • Reconstruction and renewal of the rail tracks;
  • Construction and reconstruction of the stop platforms;
  • Installation and adaptation of the traffic light objects to improve the speed of the tram traffic;
  • Measures to improve traffic safety.

The intersection of 11. novembra krastmala and 13. janvāra Street:

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  • Reconstruction of the rail tracks, including installation of automated switch control system;
  • Adaptation of the tram catenary constructions;
  • Rain water drainage solutions in the area of the rail track intersection;
  • Construction of the road pavement for heavy traffic load.

 

It should be noted here that the implementation of the “Adjustment of the Riga Tramway Infrastructure to the Parameters of Low-Floor Tramway” project in general would benefit from the promotion of environment-friendly public transport and the subsequent increase of passenger traffic with environment-friendly public transport. Apart from that, it has several environment sustainability-related objectives:

  • ensure environmental accessibility for any passenger – elderly passengers, disabled people and parents with baby prams;
  • to increase the number of public transport users who use environmentally friendly public transport;
  • to increase the speed of the tram traffic;
  • to reduce traffic jams;
  • reduce the negative CO2 emission impact on the environment and air quality produced by private cars;
  • improve the experience of travelling with public transport by means of improving the quality of service.

Benefits of the project implementation:

On tram routes No. 5 and No. 7:

  • rebuilt and raised stop platforms with improved accessibility;
  • faster tram movement and safer traffic;
  • lower noise level;
  • more neighbourhoods where low-tram traffic can be ensured.

In the intersection of 11. novembra krastmala and 13. janvāra Street:

  • higher tram traffic safety in the switch area;
  • less time for crossing the intersections, consequently less traffic jams;
  • higher level of comfort when transport vehicles move across the rail track intersections;
  • lower operating costs for pavement maintenance

The total project costs are estimated at about 47.9 million Euros. The intended co-funding from the Cohesion Fund is 85% of eligible expenses, which is 33.7 million Euros, whereas the remaining 14.2 million Euros would be provided by “Rīgas satiksme”.

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