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The official visit to Lithuania started with the journey on Rail Baltica

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2020 09 23

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Polish Minister of Infrastructure, Mr. Andrzej Adamczyk started his official visit to Lithuania by testing the railway Rail Baltica that connects Lithuania and Poland. He reached Kaunas on train, where he discussed the most important issues of the sector with the Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr. Jaroslav Narkevič.

 

“Lithuania and Poland do not simply have a common border, but also many common interests in the area of transport and communications. The railway Rail Baltica that is being built at present from Warsaw to Tallinn is among the most important ones. The passenger and cargo trains have been going between Bialystok and Kaunas, the initial sector of this railway, for almost five years already, and as the completion of the railway Rail Baltica is approaching, Lithuania and Poland are implementing more and more common logistic projects,” – says Mr. J. Narkevič.

 

The Polish Minister of Infrastructure, Mr. A. Adamczyk was invited to visit Lithuania by Minister J. Narkevič. The Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications appreciated especially the agreement reached with Poland for faster development of Via Baltica and Rail Baltica. The agreement about acceleration of works in the neighbouring country was also made with Poland. “I am grateful to Minister A. Adamczyk that part of the project’s works planned for next year are already under implementation,” – says Minister of Transport and Communications J. Narkevič.

 

The railway Rail Baltica that will connect the Baltic States with Europe via Poland is one of the largest projects, where both countries are cooperating. The strategical importance of Rail Baltica became especially evident in the light of coronavirus pandemic, when the Lithuanian citizens, who could not reach the country, were brought from Germany by train after announcement of quarantine in the countries. The railway of the European standard has been connecting Lithuania and Poland since 2015. It will be modernized until 2026 so that the maximum speed of passenger trains could reach 249 km/h. It is planned that less than 3,5 hours will be needed to reach Warsaw from Kaunas, while the journey from Vilnius would be a little longer than 4 hours.

 

It is planned to launch the first train between Vilnius and Warsaw in the second half of next year already. For this purpose, the company “LTG Link” of the Lithuanian Railway group and the daughter enterprise of Polish Railways, “PKP Intercity” signed a letter of intent regarding that route last week. The journey by train between the Lithuanian and Polish capitals would take approx. 8 hours.

 

The agreement about more convenient carriage of passengers between the countries by train is among many other agreements that strengthen the States’ cooperation in the area of rail transport. The Lithuanian and Polish railways tried a new route for carriage of semi-trailers by train between Lithuania and Germany with the German partners in summer and “LTG Cargo” opened a secondary company “LTG Cargo Polska” in Poland. In order to strengthen cooperation, last week, the Lithuanian Railways (LTG) and the Polish railway company PKP signed a contract for joint activities and shareholders agreement to establish a joint venture that would carry intermodal cargoes s.

 

Rail Baltica and successfully developed highway Via Baltica ensure even better connection and closer cooperation between the countries. At present, the railway of the European track is one of the most important strategical trends of cooperation between both countries. This railway is important for Lithuania and Poland not only because of convenient travel and carriage of goods, but also because it is a strategic project that increases the region’s safety and that allows fast transit of NATO allies,” – says Mr. J. Narkevič.

 

The Polish Minister of Infrastructure A. Adamczyk will stay in Lithuania for two days and will discuss the Polish and Lithuanian projects, how to improve transport and communications through cooperation in the logistic area. The ministers will also discuss the problems of carriers caused by the Mobility Package of the European Union and other issues relevant for both countries. It is planned to sign agreements between the Lithuanian and Polish ministries in the end of the visit – a memorandum of cooperation in implementation of the project Rail Baltica, and a letter of intent on cooperation in improvement of road infrastructure in the border region.