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Lithuania opening its railway infrastructure to Poland's PKP Cargo

BC, Vilnius, 13.05.2020.Print version
Poland's PKP Cargo will be able to transport freight in Lithuania under an agreement signed with the state railway company Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) last week, writes LETA/BNS.

LG says the agreement is opening up Lithuania's railway infrastructure to Poland's leading railway freight operator, but shipments on specific railway segments will have to be negotiated separately. 


Gintaras Liubinas, the head of communications at LG, says it is not yet clear where and when the Polish company plans to transport freight.


"PKP Cargo may apply for shipments on certain sections. Applications are submitted for individual sections, but the signing of the agreement itself indicates that one of Europe's largest carriers sees a potential (...) here," he told.   


It was announced in April that LG Cargo, the freight transportation arm of LG, and PKP Cargo would establish a joint venture to promote intermodal shipments between the two neighboring countries. 


Around 50 mln tons of freight are transported between Lithuania and Poland annually, with railways accounting for a mere 1 percent of the total volume. Some 2.5 mln heavy goods vehicle cross the countries' borders each year.  






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