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Rail Baltica’s Kaunas-Vilnius Plan Seeks Public Input for Infrastructure Development

Rail Baltica’s Kaunas-Vilnius Plan Seeks Public Input for Infrastructure Development
photo: Rail Baltica / Public domain/Rail Baltica
26 / 06 / 2024

The revised special plan for the Kaunas-Vilnius section of the Rail Baltica European railway line has been presented to the public, inviting residents, communities, and businesses to participate in the spatial planning process.

The infrastructure development plans, covering areas in Vilnius, Kaunas, Elektrėnai, Jonava, Kaišiadorys, Trakai, and surrounding regions, are open for public input until August 9. The aim is to integrate the Baltic capitals into the European rail network as swiftly as possible.

Mindaugas Tarnauskas, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania emphasized the project's regional significance. "The link with Vilnius undoubtedly increases the added value of the project and is important for the whole region, so we hope that the improved solutions based on the received proposals will allow us to move forward and better meet the expectations of the public," he said. The revised planning document addresses 215 public proposals, incorporating half and partially considering another 45, to balance community interests and technical standards for a European gauge high-speed railway.

Vytis Žalimas, CEO of LTG Infra, highlighted key adjustments made based on public feedback. "Many of the proposals have been taken into account wherever possible. The municipalities and citizens know best the transport routes that matter to them the most, which is why public involvement is essential," he stated.

The new railway line will run from Vilnius to Kaunas, passing through Paneriai, Lentvaris, north of Vievis, and Kaišiadorys, with links to key terminals and airports. Once completed, the non-stop train journey from Vilnius to Kaunas will take approximately 38 minutes, enhancing regional connectivity.


Source: Rail Baltica, RAILTARGET