Vilnius Intermodal Terminal
About the project
The essence of intermodal (multiple modes) transportation is to transport freight from the start to end of the route in one unit of cargo and combine at least two types of transport modes: railways, inland waterways, sea, air and roadways. Using such means, it is not necessary to handle cargo individually. Packed in containers and loaded from one vehicle or mode to another in a terminal, cargo is moved to its final destination.
Globalization requires greater routes for goods transportation, and that demands new solutions related to effective use of various modes of transport. Seeking to attain a high level of Lithuania's integration into the European Union's transportation network, the preconditions for the smooth cooperation of various modes of transportation are being created. For this purpose, the project "Design and construction of an intermodal terminal at the Vilnius Public Logistics Centre" was completed by the end of 2014. The project was carried out by Lithuanian Railways with the essential support from the EU Cohesion Fund. This project also contributes to Sustainable Development goals 2030: to reduce roadway usage for cargo transportation by transferring freight to railway transport.
Vision and purpose
Lithuania is the strongest logistics centre in the Baltics and Eastern European region.
It is the main centre of transit and freight transportation between East and West.
• Integration of various modes of transportation will permit greater cargo mobility and effective use of vehicles, improve the quality of cargo transportation, reduce transportation expenses, and enhance cooperation among companies operating in various business backgrounds.
• Connection with international networks: Vilnius Intermodal Terminal and Vilnius Public Logistics Centre operations increases the competitiveness of Lithuania's transport and logistics system in the international market.
• Flexible, efficient business processes, reduction of air pollution, accidents, and noise.
Vaidotai was selected due to two factors: the railway lines passing by in close proximity (the Vaidotai railway cargo transit station is the largest in Lithuania) and the southern Vilnius ring road that is planned to be built close by. It will be possible to move rail cargo quickly and conveniently from the port of Klaipėda to Vilnius, Belarus and other east destinations.
Updated on 2022-03-16