The Council of Ministers of the European Union has approved a new regulation on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), which provides for the construction of a 1435-mm gauge railway line to Klaipeda.

This was reported by the CFTS portal, citing the publication Railway Gazette.

The updated TEN-T regulation also incorporates a new transport corridor connecting the Baltic, Black, and Aegean seas. In Lithuania, this corridor will provide strategically important links with northern, southern, and western European countries.

The new, 1435-mm gauge line to Klaipeda will improve transport and logistics links in the Baltic region and Eastern Europe. It will also fundamentally change the transport system within Lithuania by providing an alternative to road transport, diversifying the operations of the Klaipeda State Seaport, and opening up new markets.

The TEN-T network also includes international road and rail links and facilities within Lithuania, namely the ongoing construction of the Rail Baltica high-speed railway, the Via Baltica highways (Lazdijai - Alytus - Vilnius and Klaipeda - Kaunas - Vilnius), the existing railway line between Vilnius and the Klaipeda seaport, the section of the Nemunas River from Kaunas to the Klaipeda seaport, the Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga airports, and the Kaunas multimodal terminal.