Lithuanian Railways and Vilnius authorities signed an agreement for the development of Vilnius rail station and its surrounding area. The vision envisages the transformation of the city’s main station into a multimodal hub and a mobility center, planned for a 20 hectares surface. The vision was presented by Vilniaus planas company, owned by the municipality.
Called “Vilnius Connect”, the project will include modern office buildings, a new headquarters of Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai, trade, services and entertainment places, where business companies and organisations can carry out their activities. In addition, the project envisages the construction of pedestrian and green spaces and facilities which will ensure efficient and convenient mobility services provided by all existing transport modes in the city.
According to Mantas Bartuška, the Director General of Lithuanian Railways, the multifunctional business and mobility center will increase company’s efficiency and will create greater benefits for the entire community.
“The Vilnius Railway Station modernisation project is planned to be developed in stages. “We are planning to turn the territory of Vilnius Railway Station into a modern business and mobility center. Thus, we will connect people and business by offering a wide package of services in one place, modernising the infrastructure and adapting it to the modern needs,” Bartuška said.
Bartuška said that the Vilnius Connect center, which will combine various modes of transport, will meet the concept of Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna railway stations, where a wide range of services, such as catering, staying, renting an office and transport services are provided. The new transport hub will have transport connection to the planned Rail Baltica line, which will connect Vilnius to Kaunas, Panevėžys, Warsaw, Riga, Tallinn, Parnu and Helsinki.