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EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND PARTNERSHIP INSTRUMENT
2007-2013 CROSS BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMME

LATVIA-LITHUANIA-BELARUS

Improvement of Express Passenger Train "Vilnius-Minsk"

Short title: PT VM


PRIORITY 1: PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Measure 1.3: Improvement of cross border accessibility through development of transport and communication networks and related services

Beneficiary: Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Partners: Joint Stock Company "Lithuanian Railways" (Vilnius, Lithuania), State Association "Belarusian Railway" (Minsk, Belarus)
Associate: Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk, Belarus)

PROBLEM: Every month about 7000 passengers are going to both directions Belarus and Lithuania. Traveling time from Vilnius to Minsk (or vice versa) by train is 4 to 5 hours. This is caused by inconvenient and long lasting customs control procedures. To overcome this lack of competitiveness there is a need for improvement, interoperability and integration of transport systems of both Lithuania and Belarus.

OBJECTIVE: to improve the travelling conditions on railway links between Lithuania and Belarus by reducing travelling time of the train Vilnius-Minsk to 2.5 hours.



RESULTS&OUTPUTS: 

The project contributed to reduction of travelling time of the train “Vilnius – Minsk“ to two and half hours.
The safety and accessibility of the Vilnius railway station was improved by replacing elevators and renovating the stairs at the main entrance.
Modern means of secure communication and positioning were installed in 34 belarusian locomotives, they were made compatible with European standards.
The possibility to travel faster by train “Vilnius-Minsk” was advertised in the media.

Project number:LLB-2-170
Grant Contract number:1S-627
Total budget:1 087 942,98
EU contribution:442 140,03
Implementation period:12 months (12.2013-12.2014)
Contact:Gražina Šiaučiūnaitė
Gedimino ave. 17, Vilnius LT-01505, Lithuania
+370 5 239 3892;
grazina.siauciunaite@transp.lt
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