Poland Infrastructure Lithuania Baltica Project High-Speed Rail Planned Train Purchase
LTG Link has begun consultations with market participants on purchase of 10 or 14 high speed passenger trains to be used from 2028.
LTG Link (part of Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai) indicates on the central procurement website that is considering several options for the purchase of the trains, with the purchase of 14 250-seat trains being the best option. Other options include 14 200-seat trains or 300-seat trains. The purpose now is to gather the information on produced trains which will be used for the planning phase, the cost-benefit analysis, and the drafting of the purchase budget.
LTG Link expects the terms of the upcoming tender to be prepared next year. The tender should be launched in 2024 at the earliest, and the contract with the winner should be signed in 2025.
The goal is to build the company’s entire fleet of high-speed trains for Rail Baltica. LTG Link expects that first two trains will start running regularly between Warsaw and Panevezys via Kaunas beginning in the third quarter of 2028. Trains between Vilnius and Kaunas and Warsaw should start running in in 2030, and then those between Vilnius and Riga, and Tallinn, Kaunas and Warsaw should start running soon thereafter.
Rail Baltica is the largest railway infrastructure project in the history of the Baltic States. During its implementation, an electrified European standard-gauge railway line will be laid down along the entire Rail Baltica route. The construction works for the project, which is planned to be valued at 5.8 billion Euro, are the largest investment in the Baltic States and is intended to improve mobility and travel opportunities, develop business, tourism, and goods exchange in the region. Rail Baltica is expected to connect Tallinn, Parnu, Riga, Panevezys, Kaunas, Vilnius, and Warsaw. The railway section in Lithuania will stretch 392 km.
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