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Augulis: high-speed railroad between Riga and Moscow has priority over "Rail Baltica"

Alla Petrova, BC, Riga, 28.12.2010.Print version
A high-speed railroad between Riga and Moscow has priority over the development of "Rail Baltica" project, Transport Minister Uldis Augulis (Union of Greens and Farmers) told the LNT morning show "900 Seconds" this morning.

He emphasized that the building of high-speed railroad to Moscow would be economically more justified than building a railroad to Europe, writes LETA.


This is confirmed by the fact that every year ahead of the New Year, all plane and railroad tickets to Moscow are sold out, and there are no vacancies in Riga hotels. The FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia also contributes to the economic efficiency of this project. Foreign guests, on their way to Russia, would be able to take a plane to Riga, and then travel to Moscow by rail.


According to Augulis, it is also very important that this project is not a Latvian-Russian but a European Union-Russian project, which would mean less investment from Latvia. High-ranking Russian officials have expressed support for this project during President Valdis Zatlers' official visit to Moscow.


Therefore, this project has priority over "Rail Baltica", where "passenger flows and economic indicators are questionable," said Augulis.

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