Stakeholders decide on Rail Baltica route to Lithuanian-Polish border
The Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications has signed off on the so-called alternative 6A route for the Rail Baltica section from the city of Kaunas to the border with Poland, the developers announced on Thursday.
“A very important phase of the Rail Baltica project has been completed, in which both city and district municipalities and communities have been actively involved”, deputy minister Loreta Maskaliovienė said about the decision on the route, which was favoured by a majority of residents.
Alternative 6A was the more remote option, as it bypasses the city of Marijampolė and keeps some distance from Kazlų Rūda and Kalvarija. Stations are planned in Marijampolė and Šeštokai, which will also serve as hubs for connections to the main railway line.
Once completed, travel time to the Polish border will be reduced to 19 minutes, while travelling from Kaunas to Warsaw will take 3,5 hours. The planned Rail Baltica railway covers a total distance of 870 across the Baltic states. At 392 kilometres, the section in Lithuania is the longest. Construction is forecast to be completed by 2026.