MINSK, 21 February (BelTA) – Belarus and Latvia are working on possible train service options during the 2021 IIHF World Championship, the press service of Belarusian Railways told BelTA.
Head of Belarusian Railways Vladimir Morozov and Chairman of the Board of Latvian Railways Maris Kleinbergs discussed passenger transportation by rail between the capital cities during the championship. Preliminary schedules for train service during the period are being considered as part of the development of the new train schedules for 2020-2021.
The sides summed up results of transportation of freight and passengers between Belarus and Latvia in 2019. Measures to further improve the figures were sketched out. Some 19,800 passengers were transported between Belarus and Latvia in 2019, 9.3% up from 2018. The number was about 1,400 in January 2020, 1.7% up from January 2019.
Express train service to transport freight between Minsk and Riga has been available since 2018. Over 340 trains or about 18,000 cars have travelled in the direction of Riga since then. The main types of freight were ferrous metals, oil products, fertilizers, cooking salt, and timber.
As many as 111 trains were dispatched in 2019 thanks to interaction with the Latvian side and Bellesexport Concern or some 6,300 cars bearing woodworking products. The container train ZUBR transported about 6,400 containers in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).
The Latvian delegation was made familiar with the operation of Belarusian Railways' traffic control center and the automation solutions the facility uses.