Belarusian Railways plans to use new three-car diesel trains made by PESA Bydgoszcz for the Minsk-Vilnius service as from 1 May, BelTA learned from the press center of Belarusian Railways as the source commented on the latest meeting between the heads of the Belarusian and Lithuanian railway operating companies.
It will be done for the sake of improving the quality of service and making Minsk-Vilnius trains more attractive. At the meeting the Belarusian side also informed the Lithuanian side about plans to enable online registration for passengers, who intend to travel in this direction.
Apart from that, the Belarusian and Lithuanian railway operators decided to set up a taskforce to take care of the organization of direct and transfer passenger service between Belarus and Lithuania.
Participants of the meeting discussed the project for rapid passenger transportation between Minsk and Vilnius and the electrification of the direction Molodechno – Gudogai — the state border — Kena — Naujoji Vilnia. As of 1 June 2013 it takes 2.5 hours to get from Minsk to Vilnius by rail. The third phase of the faster travels project will be continued this year. More concrete proposals regarding the third phase will be worked out by the joint taskforce in Q2 2014, noted the source.
The heads of the Belarusian and Lithuanian railway operators spoke positively about results achieved by passenger service between the two countries. In 2013 over 370,000 passengers were transported by rail between Belarus and Lithuania, 26% up from 2012. The Minsk-Vilnius trains carried most of the passengers.