VILNIUS - Lithuania aims to include more important international transport links - sections of national roads and railways, Kaunas inland waterways port, as well as emerging logistics centers - to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), the Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry says, reports news agency LETA. At the bilateral meeting of the European Commission (EC) and Lithuanian representatives in Brussels, Lithuania’s proposals regarding the TEN-T development were expressed by Arunas Staras, deputy minister of Transport and Communications.
Efforts are being made to include into the general TEN-T six additional roads, or their segments, going via Lithuanian territory: the road Vilnius-Utena with the projected bypass of Utena, the road Vilnius-Alytus-Kalvarija with projected bypasses of Alytus and Simnas, the roads Klaipeda-Palanga-Liepaja and Vilnius-Druskininkai-Belarusian state border, as well as the projected southern bypass of Kaunas and western bypass of Vilnius.
In the sector of railway transport the following five additional railway sections are proposed to be included into the TEN-T: Vilnius-Turmantas-Latvian state border, Vilnius-Stasylos-Belarusian state border, Palemonas-Kaunas Airport, Klaipeda-Pagegiai and Kaunas-Marijampole-Polish state border. The latter section, on which works of the ‘Rail Baltica’ project are going on at present, is proposed for indication as an existing TEN-T link, not as a projected one.
Other proposed TEN-T projects are the following: the emerging public logistics centers of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda and Siauliai, as well as the Kaunas inland waterways port at the Nemunas River.