LTG Infra will manage Lithuanian Railways terminals from now on

The Lithuanian rail infrastructure manager LTG Infra will be responsible for managing and developing the country’s rail freight terminals starting from 1 June. This is a decisive step for the Lithuanian Railways (LTG Group) which sees intermodal transport growing and needs an efficient approach to manage the situation.

“Our goal is to transport as much cargo as possible in the greenest transport – by train – to Western Europe. To increase the efficiency of operations and speed up the implementation of business development, the operations of terminals are concentrated in one company. By concentrating our activities, we can offer our customers a more comprehensive range of services from a single source and manage resources more efficiently,” said Karolis Sankovski, CEO of LTG Infra.

LTG Infra owns Vilnius and Kaunas intermodal terminals, and the entire LTG Group has 244 cargo terminals and yards. Last year, about 27,000 TEUs of cargo were handled at intermodal terminals and 47,000 wagons at cargo terminals and yards. However, there are more terminal plans in the pipeline currently. For instance, “one of the most important development projects in Lithuania is installing infrastructure in Palemona suitable for handling military equipment and freight trains. Half of the investment, which reaches 13,3 million euros, will come from the Connecting Europe Facility”, explained LTG.

Doubling of volumes

Expanding to western Europe and launching intermodal connections is the main focal point of LTG Group at the moment. In April, LTG Cargo launched the first regular intermodal train between the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal and Duisburg, passing via Poznan.

Recently, the ports of Hamburg and Klaipeda also signed an MoC to “strengthen cooperation in developing and implementing joint projects and developing new logistics routes for maritime and rail transport between Germany and Lithuania”. In this sense, LTG could find a new gateway to Hamburg soon since the two parties will boost the development of new rail links.

Indicative of the intermodal fever taking place in Lithuania is Sankovski’s estimation for Lithuania’s intermodal volumes in 2022. He mentioned that “the volumes of intermodal transportation in the directions of Western Europe are already growing rapidly, while cargo volumes are planned to double this year”.

Do you want to learn more?

Are you interested in learning more about Lithuania and its business potential? Do you want to get informed about the new routes linking the country with Western Europe? On 14-15 June, we organise the RailFreight On Tour-The Lithuanian Edition in Vilnius, where we will discuss the possibility of a profitable rail business in Lithuania and the broader Baltic region.

During the event, interested parties will have the chance to hear more about developments such as the Hamburg-Klaipeda cooperation or the Kaunas-Duisburg rail link, get in touch with local players and explore possibilities for their own businesses. Take a look at the event page here and register here.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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