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Uģis Magonis - Articles and news items

The railway market in Latvia continues to grow

Issue 3 2012 / 8 June 2012 /

Latvian Railways (LDz) has been a leading Baltic freight transport company for the last few years. Considering the increase in Latvian Railways’ main freight groups – coal and oil products – and to keep up with growing demand, Latvian Railways is now seeking opportunities to develop infrastructure in the fastest and most efficient way to provide greater throughput.

Rail freight turnover record: 2011 was a record year for LDz Cargo – Latvian Railways’ freight sector. It carried 59.4 million freight tonnes, which means the infrastructure capacity of 65 million tonnes per year has almost been reached. In order to provide greater throughput according to the growing demand, it is planned to increase infrastructure capacity to 85 million tonnes per year. Increasing capacity towards Russia, Belorussia and Lithuania is also planned. The busiest railway section in the country is between Daugavpils and Indra (on the border of Belorussia). The interval headway between trains on this singletrack section is approximately 20 minutes. Latvian Railways is responsible for almost 2,000km of railroad in total.

Cooperating with colleagues from Russian Railways, intensive work has been carried out in order to gain common support for Latvian Railways’ initiative to increase the infrastructure capacity.

Development progress and a cautiously optimistic outlook

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

It might be a daring statement in the light of current events, but the last two years have been a great success for Latvian Railways (LDz) – in 2008 it transported a record amount of cargo and in 2009 was spared a significant reduction of volumes and continued with extensive investment and development projects.

2008 recorded excellent amounts of carried cargo. We achieved a historical record; the largest amount of cargo ever transported by LDz – 56 million tonnes. Although initially it seemed that the complicated state of the economy, especially in the railway transport sector, would also threaten LDz, we managed to avoid a significant drop in volumes – in the previous year the reduction was only 4.3% compared to the record in 2008, while in Russia this decrease was approximately 15% and in Lithuania as much as 22%.