Polish and Lithuanian railway companies to cooperate in safety matters

Polish and Lithuanian railway companies to cooperate in safety matters Leszek Szymański/PAP

Polish State Railways (PKP PLK) and Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai) have signed an agreement to cooperate on issues regarding safety on the Lithuanian section of the international Rail Baltica route.

The railway companies signed a three-year agreement, valued at PLN 1 mln (EUR 233,372), regarding this matter in Warsaw on Wednesday. PKP PLK noted that this was its first contract to provide services abroad.

PKP PLK spokesman Miroslaw Siemieniec told PAP that under the agreement, the Polish railway company will provide assistance to Lithuanian Railways in the event of an accident or other incident on the tracks. When needed, PKP PLK will send special technical teams or special trains to provide technical assistance and to take action to ensure that all transport on the Rail Baltica is carried out as efficiently as possible. Both passenger and freight trains run on the Rail Baltica line in Lithuania.

At the moment, both railway companies are already cooperating with each other, and the agreement concluded on Wednesday will broaden this cooperation in the safety sector. It will also serve to exchange experiences related to the removal of the effects of accidents on the Rail Baltica.

Rail Baltica is a trans-European rail route leading from the Baltic countries through Poland to Western Europe.