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Published: 21 march 2012 17:21

New West-East container train to be launched in Lithuania

Šeštokų geležinkelio stočiai iki šiol tenka nedidelis krūvis.
„Lietuvos žinių“ nuotr. / Šeštokai railway station at Polish-Lithuanian border.

A new container train service, named Šeštokai Express, is to be launched on Sunday to move goods from Westen Europe via Šeštokai, at the Lithuanian-Polish border, to the Russian city of Smolensk and on to countries further east, Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) have announced.

This Wednesday, the state rail operator signed an agreement on the service with Intermodal Express, a Moscow-based subsidiary of the international logistics company Hupac Intermodal.

"The aim of the project is to collect freight from the European Union to Warsaw and deliver it to Smolensk, in Russia, by using the unique Šeštokai station and the modern Kena station, as well as other infrastructure of Lietuvos Geležinkeliai and its rolling stock, and bilateral agreements between Lithuania and Belarus," Stasys Gudvalis, director of the Freight Transportation Directorate at Lietuvos Geležinkeliai, said in a press release.

From Smolensk, containers will be shipped to various destinations in Russia, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries, he said.

It is planned that in the future, the train from Šeštokai to Russia will be operated once a week.

Hupac Intermodal will be the operator of Šeštokai Express in Western and Eastern Europe, and Intermodal Express will operate the service from Šeštokai eastwards.

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