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    Amber Train agreement signed


    EUROPE: An agreement for the regular operation of the Amber Train branded container service linking the Baltic States was signed by Lithuanian Railways, Latvia’s LDZ Logistika and Estonia’s EVR Cargo at a meeting in Tallinn on May 29. This follows the operation of a trial service on April 19, which ...

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    First Amber Train links the Baltic States


    EUROPE: The first Amber Train branded intermodal freight service left the Šeštokai transhipment facility in Lithuania for Riga in Latvia and the Paldiski terminal in Estonia on April 19, carrying 43 containers which had originated in France. Operations in the Baltic States were managed by Lithuanian Railways, Latvia's LDz Cargo ...

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    Amber Train to link the Baltic States


    EUROPE: The freight businesses of the national railways of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have agreed to co-operate to organise an Amber Train intermodal container service running from Šeštokai on the Polish-Lithuanian border to Riga and Tallinn. Representatives of the three railways met in Riga on March 12, and agreed on ...

  • Tenders have now been called for the detailed technical design of sections of the Rail Baltica standard gauge railway project in all three Baltic States.

    Rail Baltica detailed design tenders called


    EUROPE: Tenders have now been called for the detailed technical design of sections of the Rail Baltica standard gauge railway project in all three Baltic States. A tender announced by tri-national project promoter RB Rail on January 26 covers the Upeslejas – Riga Central station, Tornkalns – Imanta and Riga ...

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    Vilnius – Klaipeda electrification agreed


    LITHUANIA: Tenders are to be called this year for electrification of the 350 km main line from the port city of Klaipeda to the junction with the electrified line from Kaunas to Vilnius, after the board of national railway LG gave its approval during December. The project would also involve ...

  • TPF is to undertake a feasibility study for upgrading the route from Ełk to Suwałki and the Lithuanian border as part of the Rail Baltica corridor.

    Rail Baltica design contracts awarded


    POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has awarded two contracts for planning the Polish section of the future Rail Baltica corridor. MGGP has been awarded a 19·8m złoty contract to undertake the detailed design of a planned 1·7bn złoty upgrade of the route between Białystok and Ełk, where the single track ...

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    Cross-border link to be reinstated


    LITHUANIA: State railway Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai expects to start work shortly on reinstating the 19 km cross-border railway from Mazeikiai to Renge in Latvia, Managing Director Mantas Bartuska announced on October 18. Earlier this month the European Commission fined LG €27·9m for dismantling the line in 2008, on the grounds that ...

  • Border facilities have been commissioned at Chernyshevskoye in Kaliningrad.

    Kaliningrad – Lithuania border station commissioned


    RUSSIA: Border facilities for passengers and freight crossing between Kaliningrad oblast and Kybartai in Lithuania were commissioned at Chernyshevskoye in the east of the Russian exclave on October 2. Border formalities were previously undertaken 10 km west in Nesterov. Construction of the 1·9bn rouble facility started in 2005, and the ...

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    Lithuanian Railways fined €28m for closing line to obstruct competition


    LITHUANIA: The European Commission had fined national railway Lietuvos Geležinkeliai €27·9m for hindering competition in the rail freight market by dismantling a cross-border line connecting Lithuania and Latvia. ‘LG used its control over the national rail infrastructure to penalise competitors’, said Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, ...

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    Solaris to supply trolleybuses to Vilnius


    LITHUANIA: Solaris Bus & Coach was the sole bidder for a contract to supply 41 low-floor Trollino trolleybuses to Vilnius. The contract is expected to be signed in the next few weeks. Solaris placed a bid of €19·2m, which is being partly funded through Vilnius municipality, with the EU ...

  • A test passenger train ran from Minsk to Lithuania on September 13; regular services are to be operated using Skoda EMUs.

    Minsk – Vilnius corridor electrified


    EUROPE: Completion of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the route between Minsk and Vilnius was marked with a ceremony on September 16. Work to electrify the final 111 km had begun in September 2015. Work on the 84 km Belarusian section between Maladzyechna and the border near Kena was ...

  • The partner plan to produce a prototype LNG shunting locomotive for use at the port of Klaipeda.

    LNG locomotive agreement


    LITHUANIA: An agreement to co-operate to develop a liquefied natural gas-fuelled shunting locomotive was signed on March 30 by Lithuania Railways, stevedoring company Bega, oil and gas terminal operator Klaipėdos Nafta, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and Klaipeda University. The partner aim to produce a prototype shunting locomotive for use at ...

  • Trautmann assured the minister that the European Commission considers the full implementation of Rail Baltica to be an important priority project.

    European Commission sees Rail Baltica as a priority project


    EUROPE: Lithuania’s Minister of Transport & Communications Rokas Masiulis met European Co-ordinator for the TEN-T North Sea-Baltic Corridor Catherine Trautmann on March 22 to discuss the progress of the Rail Baltica project to build a 1 435 mm gauge line from Poland to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Trautmann assured the ...

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    EU funding for Lithuanian section of Rail Baltica


    LITHUANIA: An agreement to provide €180m of European Union funding to cover 85% of the costs of the Lithuanian section of the 728 km Rail Baltica II project was signed on November 18 by the European Commission’s Innovation & Networks Executive Agency, the relevant government ministries from Lithuania, Latvia and ...

  • Pesa 730ML diesel multiple-unit for LG's Vilnius – Klaipėda route.

    Vilnius – Klaipėda DMU delivered


    LITHUANIA: The first of seven Pesa 730ML diesel multiple-units which national operator LG has ordered for the Vilnius – Klaipėda route was unveiled in Vilnius on February 15. The 140 km/h units are similar to DMUs which Pesa has supplied to Belarus Railways, but with an upgraded interior suitable for ...

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    Lithuanian Railways signs Nordic Investment Bank loan


    LITHUANIA: National railway LG signed a €50m, 15-year loan agreement with Nordic Investment Bank on December 14. This is the fifth NIB loan to LG since 2009, and takes the total value to €266m. The loan will be used along with EU funds to finance infrastructure projects from LG’s ...

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    Three Rail Baltica funding agreements signed


    EUROPE: Three grant agreements for the Rail Baltica project with a total value of €734m were signed by the EU's Innovation & Networks Executive Agency in Tallinn on November 24. The grants have been awarded under the 2014 call for Connecting Europe Facility funding, and cover planning and construction works ...

  • The first section of Rail Baltica to be completed provides a 1435 mm gauge line from the Polish border to Kaunas.

    First section of Rail Baltica inaugurated


    EUROPE: Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc inaugurated the first completed section of the Rail Baltica standard gauge line with a ceremony at Kaunas station on October 16. Rail Baltica envisages the construction of a 1 435 mm gauge corridor linking Poland with ...