FIMA to upgrade railway infrastructure on the line between Livintai and Gaižiūnai in Lithuania

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The smart infrastructure solutions company FIMA has signed a contract with Eurovia CS, a.s. to install rail infrastructure systems during the construction of a second track on the section between Livintai and Gaižiūnai. The winner of the tender announced by Lietuvos geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) is a joint venture between Eurovia CS, a.s.; AB Eurovia Lietuva; and UAB Geležinkelio tiesimo centras. The partnership offered the most cost effective price for the contract of EUR 51.1 million excluding VAT.

One of the major objectives of this project is to ensure the capacity of Corridor IXB and to enable an increase in speed. The single-track section between Livintai and Gaižiūnai is on the important Corridor IXB which connects Klaipėda Sea Port, Lithuania’s main freight and logistics centre, with the capital, Vilnius, through Šiauliai, Radviliškis and Kaišiadorys. After converting this stretch to double-track working, the maximum speed for passenger trains will be increased from 120 km/h to 160 km/h while the top speed of freight trains will rise from 90 km/h to 120 km/h.

During the project, FIMA will carry out the design and installation of telecommunications and railway signalling equipment; electrical engineering; process management and automation; as well as the security and fire alarm and extinguishing systems. The company will reconstruct the electrical centralisation systems at Gaižiūnai and Kaišiadorys stations; the open line automatic line blocking system; the automatic level crossing signalling system; the SDH communication system on the Kaišiadorys-Gaižiūnai section; the loudspeaker communication system at Gaižiūnai station; the  automatic electric point heating system; security and fire alarm and fire-fighting systems; and SCADA and electrical engineering systems. During the course of the project, a level crossing video surveillance system and an animal-deterrent system will also be installed.

The implementation of the project on this second track between Livintai and Gaižiūnai stretch will contribute to the development of the European railway transport network, TEN-T, in Lithuania. Once completed, the project will increase capacity on this section as well as reduce transportation costs, environmental pollution and noise levels. The reconstructed stretch will enhance traffic safety, improve the functioning of local business and conditions for labour mobility, as well as provide a more favourable environment for travelling and developing tourism, logistics and intermodal transport.

The project is due to be completed in Q4 of 2022.