Herculean project implemented in Lithuania: a great experience for future "Rail Baltica" works

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2015 10 16

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“This herculean project provides an important lesson that will be useful for further implementation of “Rail Baltica”, a high-speed railway line from Kaunas to Latvia and Tallinn with a branch to Vilnius. Both the project developer JSC “Lithuanian Railways” and project designers as well as contractors have acquired a wealth of experience and new skills needed for the implementation of projects of this scale” at the official opening of the first “Rail Baltica” section said Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania Rimantas Sinkevičius.

The project “Rail Baltica” is the largest transport infrastructure project since the restoration of Lithuania’s independence as well as one of the major challenges faced by project developer JSC “Lithuanian Railways”.

According to Minister Rimantas Sinkevičius, the line‘s integration into the global transport system will provide new logistics chains and create additional opportunities for business development. In addition, it will enable to travel to the neighboring countries in a more convenient way.

During the implementation of the project of nearly EUR 109.5 million, Marijampolė railway station was updated, Marijampolė-Šeštokai section reconstructed, upgraded the 18.5 km Kazlų Rūda-Mauručiai segment the value of which is EUR 57.2 million. The contractors have also paved 10.6 km section Mauručiai-Jiesia  and reconstructed 14.2 km of railway Jiesia-Kaunas. The value of the works – EUR 38.2 million and EUR 60.3 million, respectively.

“Lithuanian Railways” subsidiary “Railway Construction Center” upgraded Šeštokai railway station for EUR 13.8 million and built a section from Lithuanian-Polish border to Mockava for EUR 29.9 million.

“Rail Baltica” railway is an integral part of the international transport corridor “North Sea-Baltic” connecting the Benelux countries, Germany, Poland and Lithuania, as well as Latvia, Estonia and Finland.

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and Lithuania‘s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius were also present at the opening of the first section of one of the priority projects of the European Union “Rail Baltica”.