Railway became among the most important parts in the logistics chain in the XXI century – it is comparatively cheap and ecological way to transfer goods and passengers. Logistics and cargo handling centres are usually established where railway lines intersect. Lithuanian railway is more that 150 years old. The first railway crossed the territory of Lithuania in the middle of the XIX century, when Czarist Russian Government built a line between Saint Petersburg and Warsaw. Then it became clear that Lithuanian railway network, although not large, was important for citizens and economy. Today, the first lines of Trans-European railway “Rail Baltica” are predicting remarkable changes in Lithuanian and European passenger and cargo transportation system. “Lithuanian Railways” may report significant benefits for citizens and country’s economy that were delivered by successful passenger transportation and cargo forwarding projects. One of the examples is faster, cheaper and safer carriage of cargo by container train “Vikingas”: different cargo is carried from the Baltic to the Black Sea (total distance 1700 km) within the period of 50 hours, by avoiding complicated customs and other bureaucratic procedures. Contemporary double-decker electric trains are heading the route Vilnius-Kaunas-Vilnius, providing passengers with fast, secure and comfortable connection. However, remarkable investment is still required for the development of new services and increasing efficiency of the ”Lithuanian Railways”. Modernization of railways, construction of bridges, reconstruction of rail yards, installation of traffic control systems – all these projects require significant investment, and EU structural assistance will be used to support it.

More than EUR 376 million of EU funds will be used for the most important, urgent modernisation works: reconstruction of  Klaipėda-Pagėgiai railway line and railway overpass across Varnėnų street in Klaipėda, as well as continuous development of Klaipėda railway node, building secondary railways and continuing further implementation of “Rail Baltica” project with additional support from TEN-T Fund.

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Last updated: 18-11-2023