Castellon, Spain (PortSEurope) December 18, 2020 – Autoridad Portuaria de Castelló (APC – Port Authority of Castellon) will initiate the procedures for the drafting of the construction project for the intermodal station that will be located on the route of the new southern railway access to the port. This was agreed after receiving the go-ahead for the functional study by the mixed commission made up
of the competent administrations in the matter: Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Public Organization Puertos del Estado, Adif, Generalitat Valenciana, Ayuntament de Castelló and Castellón Port Authority. The Government Commissioner for the development of the Mediterranean Corridor in Spain, Josep-Vicent Boira, also attended the meeting. PortCastelló will commission the construction project and the economic-financial study to promote a productive infrastructure that will mean savings in logistics costs for the companies and will allow to increase the traffic. The functional study that received the support of the commission analyzes the functionality and operation of the station, after the study that was drawn up on land intermodal demand generated by the industrial production of the province and the maritime demand linked to the traffic of the port. It concluded that 39% of the load of the intermodal station will be provided by the port and will allow exporting by train through the Mediterranean corridor annually a good part of the 1.7 million tons of tiles and 1 million agricultural products from Castellón. The Castellón Port Authority will assume the investment necessary for the development of the intermodal station, whose economic value is around €21 million. It will be developed in several phases to optimize its operation and foresees future extensions to respond to the real needs of demand in the coming years. Rafa Simó stated that it is an infrastructure that is planned with a vision for the future and that is not oversized at first, nor can it be left small because it reserves an extension that will make everything built valid. The intermodal station will be directly connected to the port of Castellón, it will have a mixed UIC and Iberian gauge, with access by electrified track and located as a through, that is a direct connection in both directions, to avoid bottlenecks. In fact, other intermodal stations were visited to learn about their operation and to design the one in Castellón without operating problems. In a first phase, the station is planned with a total of 5 additional routes to the southern railway access to the port, for 750-meter trains: 3 reception/dispatch routes and 2 loading/unloading routes. A second phase is foreseen that would add one more reception/dispatch route and 1 more delivery/reception route. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Castelló (APC – Port Authority of Castellon) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.