French railway experts are interested in Rail Baltica project


2012 05 23

French railway experts are interested in Rail Baltica project
French railway experts are interested in Rail Baltica project
“European gauge railway connection of Lithuania with Poland and other countries of Western Europe will provide an important opportunity for better movement of passengers and cargo. Long-term efforts enabled us to include Rail Baltica project in the priority list of EU projects. It is planned that Rail Baltica railway line will belong to two international transport corridors: Baltic countries–Adriatic Sea region, and Kaunas–Rotterdam”, said Minister Masiulis.
Minister Masiulis also noted that for the implementation of Rail Baltica project Lithuania has adopted important political solutions and approved a clear and concrete action plan, as well as accomplished other tangible works. In 2011, Rail Baltica project was recognised as a project of State importance. Progress is made according to the plan of urgent actions approved by the Government in 2010. According to the plan the European gauge line from Polish/Lithuanian State border to Kaunas should be finished by the end of 2013.      
Furthermore, a feasibility study elaborated according to the initiative of Baltic countries analyses possibilities of a new high-speed European gauge line through the three Baltic States. Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian ministers of transport have signed an agreement to establish a joint enterprise for the implementation of Rail Baltica project. Poland is also invited to cooperate in the enterprise. A joint working group of Baltic countries is meeting in Tallinn for the solution of concrete project implementation issues.
Representatives of the delegation consider that the interest in Rail Baltica project expressed by French companies is natural, as France is among the European railway transport leaders and has experienced experts of infrastructure designing and construction.