Spanish firm to build Kaunas hub on Rail Baltica
Lithuania has entrusted the Spanish consulting firm Ardanuy Engineering with the development of the Kaunas railway node of Rail Baltica. This is to become one of the most important logistics centers in the country. The contract for the construction of the infrastructure amounts to 1,065 million euros. The planning for this new node is expected to be approved in September 2022, while design and construction work should be ready by the end of 2026.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications, LTG Infra, assigned the contract to the construction firm. The signing ceremony was chaired by the CEO of LTG Infra, Karolis Sankovski, who highlighted the great boost that this work will give the country’s transport network. He indicated that the modernisation is important to to adapt to contemporary logistics trends. The objective is that by 2026, this railway node must be prepared to receive not only trains on the European standard gauge, but also to keep up with the growing demand for intermodal freight.
Ardanuy Ingenieria S.A. will be in charge of proposing the best design. To do this, it will carry out archaeological and engineering studies of the territory and the corresponding environmental impact assessment. In result, it will prepare customised solutions for this project.
The plan will cover all the necessary aspects, including the reconstruction of tracks and rail crossings, to new buildings, railway stations and works at the Kaunas intermodal terminal. Likewise, the necessary infrastructure will be considered (roads and streets, lanes for passengers and bicycles), as well as 330 kV electrical networks, gas pipelines, among many other aspects. Upon completion of the works, the Kaunas passenger train station will be reconstructed and the Rail Baltica bypass for freight train traffic will be installed on the Rokai route.
The Rail Baltica project is to deliver a high-speed line that will connect Warsaw, Kaunas, Vilnius, Panevėžys, Riga, Tallinn and Pärnu. The length of the network will be 870 km: 392 km in Lithuania, 265 km in Latvia and 213 km in Estonia.