Lithuanian Railways to be split into 3 separate companies
The government will discuss on Monday the Transport Ministry's proposal to split public railway infrastructure management, rail freight transport and rail passenger transport operations into separate companies controlled by Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai.
Under the EU's 4th railway package, the bloc's member states are free to choose their railway transport sector management models. Lithuania has until late December to transpose the directive's provisions regarding the impartiality, independence and financial transparency of the infrastructure manager into national legislation.
According to the ministry, in considering options for making the management of the railway sector more efficient, three possible models were discussed, including the current model of a vertically integrated undertaking, partial separation and full separation.
Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai spokesman Mantas Dubauskas says that the group will operate more transparently and more efficiently after the restructuring is completed.
"This model was chosen as the most efficient and most suitable for Lithuania. Germany's railway group Deutsche Bahn also operates under such a model," he told BNS. ■