29/06/2021 – 20:25

The Valencia Port Authority and Adif have reached an agreement with the logistics operator Tramesa, of the Armando Álvarez Group, to launch a train service that will load truck trailers and link a port terminal with Madrid within two years.

These trains will use the Iberian gauge lines, which were released with the entry into service of the AVE to Valencia, and which have turned this freight corridor into one of the busiest in Spain. In fact, 80% of the rail traffic in the port of Valencia has as its origin or destination Madrid, according to sources from the Port Authority.

In addition, the Valencian docks already have similar experiences in the so-called motorways of the sea, which allow the loading and unloading of truck trailers without tractor heads. These lines are of special relevance to the Italian and Balearic ports, which with the start-up of the rail service would allow the transport of these cargoes to be extended for another 350 kilometers without using the roads.

At the moment, the two public bodies and the logistics operator will seal a general protocol and the service will not be able to operate for at least two years, among other reasons because the delivery time of the wagons necessary to carry out these services is 20 months, as explained by those responsible for the port of Valencia, whose council approved this agreement.

The line will operate in the railway terminal of the east dock of the Valencian docks and will connect with the Abroñigal terminal in Madrid, although in the future it could be transferred to Vicálvaro.

Iron highways

In Spain there are already international lines, such as the one that leaves from the Catalan terminal of Can Tunis, managed by the Valencian Grupo Alonso, which connects Barcelona with France and Luxembourg. Another major Spanish project is a rail highway between the port of Algeciras and the Plaza de Zaragoza logistics platform.

In the case of the port of Valencia, 11% of the import / export containers it handles move by rail (just over 200,000 TEUs). In 2020, more than 2.6 million tons were managed to be transported by rail compared to one million tons in 2013.

In the last year, 4,109 trains have entered and left the docks, at an average rate of more than 80 weekly convoys that connect the Valencian docks with the main corridors in Spain.

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