Subsidiary of JSC „Lithuanian Railways" "Kaunas Railway Infrastructure"
During the restructuring of railways the subsidiary "Kauno Geležinkelių Infrastruktūra" (Kaunas Railway Infrastructure) was established in 2001. After merging of the following three Company divisions: Kaunas railway region, Jonava railway region, Kaunas automation and communications region, the new structural division was established, which has a broad service zone according to the administrative distribution, extending from Vievis almost to Radviliškis, from Kaišiadorys to the Russian frontier in Kybartai station and from Kazlų Rūda to the Polish frontier. The subsidiary maintains 692.4 km of main track, including 21.9 km (currently) of European 1435 mm track standard gauge. The major part of these tracks is in the main IX transport corridor in the directions Vilnius – Klaipėda and Kaišiadorys - Kybartai, which are among the most intensive ones according to the load volumes transported via the whole Lithuanian railways.
Distribution of the main tracks according to directions: Vilnius – Kaišiadorys - 43.4 km; Kaišiadorys – Klaipėda - 202.4 km; Kaišiadorys- Kybartai - 249.6 km; Gaižiūnai – Palemonas - 27.0 km; Jonava – Rizgonys - 22.4 km; Palemonas – Rokai – Jiesia - 15.7 km; Kazlų Rūda – Šeštokai - 58.4 km; Šeštokai – Alytus - 38.2 km; Šeštokai – Mockava – State border – 29.0 km; Kaunas Railway Tunnel bypass - 6.3 km. The subsidiary also maintains 31 railroad stations with 202 km of station tracks and 33.2 km of sidings, as well 812 switches, 82 bridges and viaducts and 147 level crossings.
Currently 843 employees are employed in the subsidiary. The main type of activities of the subsidiary is the maintenance and repair of the rail infrastructure - tracks and its structures, platforms, track formations, automation equipment, communications lines, power supply equipment, water supply, buildings on their own resources or by purchasing services. The main objective is to ensure the safe train traffic at fixed speeds, improve the maintenance technical condition of the tracks, as the traffic intensity is increasing, enable the conditions that meet the passenger and cargoes carriage requirements.
The Kaunas railway infrastructure has the sole operating railway tunnel in Lithuania, built in 1862 and renovated in 2009, when, by applying the modern repair technologies, the structure of the construction was restored, the storm water drainage was and the previously non-existent equipment was implemented, i. e., signalling, automation, determination of the water level under the tunnel foundations, fire safety and lighting systems.
In the recent years in the subsidiary, as well in the whole company, a significant progress has been observed in the development of the modern company and paying special attention to the renovation of the railway infrastructure and development by making it technically modern and safe. While implementing the investment and repair programme funds all the infrastructure objects are being modernized: passenger station buildings preserved by the heritage specialists have been renovated as well, the platforms have been repaired using modern methods, rubber coverings are mounted on the crossings, the network of video surveillance systems is expanding, the upper track structure is renovated, the worn-out switches are replaced. The projects on modernization of the automatic controls of rolling stock and modernization of the telecommunications systems in the International Corridor IX, as well as the modernisation of the railway radio communication system have been completed, the modernisation project of Kaunas railway station, the Palemonas – Rokai – Jiesia bypass and railway facilities and signalling and power supply installations in Kaunas – Kybartai line have been completed. Currently the Trans-European railway project "Rail Baltica" works starting from the border with Poland and approaching towards Kaunas are gaining momentum, the implementation of which is an important step in the strategy not only of Lithuanian railways, but also in that of all the Baltic Sea region countries.