Málaga, Spain (PortSEurope) June 19, 2019 – Málaga port authority president Carlos Rubio, has called for the completion of the Mediterranean transport corridor infrastructure.
Rubio, who took part in the breakfast Forum Europe Tribuna Andalucía, has ensured that the future of transport is “by the cargo connection of the ship to the railroad” and that it will become the future of cargo transport at an international level.
He said that Málaga is outside of these corridor branches, both the coastal and the central branch, as the process in the ports of the lower part of the peninsula is delayed.
“For ports such as Málaga or Algeciras, the most natural exit is the central corridor” to connect with Madrid and Zaragoza, which is why the lack of momentum for this project implies a great risk for the two harbours.
The Mediterranean Corridor is the main east-west axis in the Europen Union’s TEN-T Network south of the Alps, running between the south-western Mediterranean region of Spain and the Ukrainian border with Hungary, following the coastlines of Spain and France and crossing the Alps towards the east through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia and continuing through Hungary up to its eastern border with Ukraine.
The corridor primarily consists of road and rail, aside from the Po River, several canals in Northern Italy and the Rhone River from Lyon to Marseille. The corridor is approximately 3000 km long; it will provide a multimodal link for the ports of the Western Mediterranean with the centre of the EU. It will also create an east-west link through the southern part of the EU, contribute to a modal shift from road to rail in sensitive areas such as the Pyrenees and the Alps, and connect some of the major urban areas of the EU with high-speed trains.
The main nodes in Spain are Almeria-Valencia/Madrid-Zaragoza/Barcelona, and being located just north of Valencia, Castellón needs to implement the required infrastructure to ensure the necessary rail connections as soon as possible in order to benefit from the EU-wide connections.
Source: Andalucía Información
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