French railway specialists expressed interest in participating in the Rail Baltica project , lrytas.lt reported on 23 May.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Transport Eligijus Masiulis and Vice Minister Arūnas Štaras welcomed delegates of the French transportation business.
Representatives of railway company SNCF, engineering consultation companies “Systra” and “Alstom”, as well as the French embassy participated in the meeting.
According to the guests, French companies’ interest in Rail Baltica comes naturally as France is one of the railway transportation leaders in Europe, with plenty of specialists in infrastructure design and construction.
“Rail Baltica is to connect several international transportation corridors; therefore participation in this project is a historic opportunity that cannot be missed. Only a well developed network will be attractive to European customers. We are interested in Rail Baltica’s implementation schedule, building stages, economic and financial grounding,” – SNCF’s diplomatic advisor Gaelle Leroux said.
E. Masiulis stated that he values the experience the French have. “The more companies of such high-standing participate in the project, the more success we can anticipate,” the minister said.
Rail Baltica is expected to stimulate railway freight and to increase export, import and transit possibilities. Railway infrastructure expansion, new logistics centers and faster connections with neighbouring countries will stimulate businesses and encourage investment in the Lithuanian market.