Pasažieru vilciens cancels multiple trains again

On Wednesday, the 10th of January, Pasažieru vilciens (PV) cancelled multiple trains in Jurmala’s direction, according to to information published by the company.
Due to the intense frost and the effect it’s had on new electric trains, as well as the health of train operators, Pasažieru vilciens decided to cancel multiple trains starting with the 10th of January: Riga (18:24)-Dubulti (18:59) and Dubulti (19:18)-Riga (19:53), as well as everyday trains Riga (20:54)-Sloka (21:44) and Sloka (21:18)-Riga (23:08).
These trains were also cancelled on Tuesday, the 9th of January, for the same reason.
As previously reported, PV started providing railway passenger transport services on the route to Tukims, Aizkraukle and Skulte using three new electric trains on Friday, the 15th of December. On the 16th of December new trains were deployed in Jelgava’s direction.
PV has three new electric trains at the moment. 20 electric train units have been supplied to Latvia so far. Škoda Vagonka plans to commission up to 19 electric train units by the end of the year.
At the same time, PV representatives explain that it is planned to receive all 32 trains by mid-2024.
Once all new trains have been received and commissioned, it is planned to start compiling interval timetables for new trains. Currently it’s planned to deploy them in morning and evening hours, which traditionally see the most foot traffic. Trains will course every 15 to 20 minutes.
The first two Škoda Vagonka electric trains were delivered to Riga in June 2022.
Each train consists of four train cars. The length of a single train is 109 m. Each train has 436 seats and enough room for 454 standing passengers. All trains have same-level boarding from adapted train platforms.
Pasažieru vilciens representatives previously said the company will request Škoda Vagonka to pay a fine for their failure to deliver trains on time. The maximum fine for failure to deliver each train within the agreed upon time is 10% of the train’s price.
The total costs of the project reach EUR 257.889 million.
Also read: Minister: Škoda Vagonka needs to ensure 95% availability of new trains in two months’ time
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