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From Kaunas to Warsaw in 3.5 hours, and from Vilnius to the Polish capital in just over 4 hours. Lithuania has approved an alternative to the Rail Baltica railway route

From Kaunas to Warsaw in 3.5 hours, and from Vilnius to the Polish capital in just over 4 hours. Lithuania has approved an alternative to the Rail Baltica railway route
foto: Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania/From Kaunas to Warsaw in 3.5 hours, and from Vilnius to the Polish capital in just over 4 hours. Lithuania has approved an alternative to the Rail Baltica railway route
17 / 05 / 2022

After active discussions and talks with representatives of municipalities and the public, the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania approved the optimal route alternative of the Rail Baltica railway from Kaunas (Jiesia) to the Lithuanian-Polish border. Taking into account the opinion of the majority of the residents, the shortest option the most remote from the urban areas – alternative 6A – has been chosen.

The optimal route of Rail Baltica between Kaunas and the border with Poland was chosen to be alternative 6A, according to which a new 1,435 mm railway track is planned to be built in a place where there was no railway track altogether. The main railway line will bypass the city of Marijampolė, move away from the city of Kazlų Rūda, and will not encroach on Kalvarija. Regional stations are planned in Marijampolė and Šeštokai, which will be connected to the main railway line by regional connections.

“The currently operating European-gauge railway from the Polish border to the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal will continue to be used. Generally speaking, it is actually becoming even more important, as freight traffic between Lithuania and Western Europe on this railway has been increasingly intensifying. In addition, this section remains particularly relevant in the context of military mobility. For example, it will continue to be used to provide communication with the Kazlų Rūda training area. “In order to be able to operate this track at full capacity, it is planned to apply for funding in the near future for a traffic management system that would significantly increase the number of trains that can pass, both to meet the growing demand for freight and to allow faster passenger traffic to Warsaw,” said Arenijus Jackus, Rail Baltica Coordination Manager at LTG Infra.

The journey from Jiesia to the border with Poland is expected to take up to 19 minutes. Upon completion of construction of Rail Baltica, the journey from Kaunas to Warsaw will take 3.5 hours, and reaching the Polish capital from Vilnius will only take a little more than 4 hours.

“I have no doubt that high-speed rail to Poland will not only increase the travel opportunities of the residents, but also encourage closer business ties between the neighboring countries, significantly improve the military mobility of our country and the region as a whole and, of course, contribute to environmentally friendly transport,” said Loreta Maskaliovienė, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications.

Rail Baltica is the largest railway infrastructure project in the history of the Baltic States, which will build a fully electrified double-track European gauge railway connecting Warsaw, Kaunas, Vilnius, Panevėžys, Riga, Pärnu, and Tallinn. The total length of Rail Baltica in the Baltic States is 870 km, with 392 km in Lithuania, 265 km in Latvia, and 213 km in Estonia.

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