September 09, 2015

First passenger train runs on Rail Baltica 1

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The special train arrives at Kaunas. The special train arrives at Kaunas. LG

A passenger train crossed the Poland - Lithuania border for the first time in 76 years on August 27, when a Polish DMU carried a delegation including Mrs Catherine Trautmann MEP, European co-ordinator for the TEN-T North Sea-Baltic Corridor, on the first completed section of the Rail Baltica standard-gauge line from the Polish border to Lithuania's second city Kaunas.

The purpose of Trautmann's visit to Lithuania was to inspect the country's railway infrastructure and review progress on Rail Baltica, which will extend the European standard-gauge network to Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn.

The initial €380m phase of the project links the Polish border with a new intermodal terminal at Kaunas.

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