The only corridor that crosses the Latvian network is the North Sea-Baltic Corridor.
LDZ Infrastruktūra Ltd. is the national infrastructure company in the Latvian network.
In this country, two gauges co-exist: a broad gauge (1520 mm) and another gauge (1435 mm), for the section which belongs to Rail Baltica.
The North Sea-Baltic Corridor crosses the Latvian network, from the Lithuanian border in the south to the Estonian border in the north. The total length of the section which belongs to this corridor is 590 km.
Information regarding the Latvian network and its features can be found at:
National implementation plan
The Latvian National Implementation Plan (NIP) was delivered in 2018. It is compliant with the ERTMS European Deployment Plan with the mentioned sections. However, no detailed plans are provided for some sections (mainly beyond-2023 sections).
According to the Latvian NIP:
- The entire network will be equipped with ERTMS Level 2.
- There is no information about the planned ERTMS deployment finish dates. In accordance with the NIP, the main goal is to maintain full interoperability with the neighbouring countries – Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia, keeping the 1520 mm railways track gauge network safe with the existing B class system (ALSN), in order to preserve existing interoperability during the transition period. In addition, the Latvian NIP provides information about plans to build a new 1435 mm railway line in Rail Baltica starting in 2022, but the ERTMS deployment finish date and class B system of these sections are not mentioned.
National Safety Authority
The State Railway Technical Inspectorate is a supervisory authority which is controlled by the Latvian Ministry of Transport, acting as NSA.