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TEN-T: EU to invest in studies on improving Riga's road network

Date: 03/12/2014

The EU's TEN-T Programme  will co-fund with nearly €1.8 million road design studies on connecting parts of the city of Riga and its port to the main Latvian highway network. The new link is to facilitate cargo access to the Freeport of Riga while reducing traffic in the old town.

The project will carry out detailed design studies on the two last segments, 3 and 4, or roughly half of the Northern Corridor, a 30km long inner city highway expected to relieve the Latvian capital's historic city centre from freight traffic. This last part of the corridor will connect the Freeport of Riga and parts of the city to the rest of the highway.

Construction of the new route resulting from the studies will contribute to improving transport efficiency in the Greater Riga region, as well as integrate the city and the Freeport in the Trans-European road network, reduce congestion and air pollution in the historic city centre and develop Riga's economy and competitiveness.

The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013 , priority 'Road transport'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA , the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.

The project is to be completed by 31 December 2015.

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