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Minister Reyes Maroto Inaugurates The Works Of The PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara – Marchamalo

Minister Reyes Maroto inaugurates the works of the PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara – Marchamalo

Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona
Puerta Centro – Ciudad del Transporte has been the scene of the official inauguration of the works of the PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara – Marchamalo, one of the most innovative logistics and service platforms of the Iberian Peninsula promoted by the Port of Tarragona – June 23, 2021 Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, took part in a port event; Francisco Toledo Lobo, president of
Puertos del Estado; Josep Maria Cruset i Domènech, president of the Port of Tarragona; Ignacio Hernando Serrano, Minister of Development of the Government of Castilla La Mancha; Alberto Rojo Blai, mayor of Guadalajara; and Rafael Esteve Santamaria, mayor of Marchamalo. The intermodal transport infrastructure will occupy an area of ​​15 hectares on the southern flank of the Puerta Centro – Ciudad del Transporte industrial estate, next to the CM101 road and integrated into the Henares railway corridor. For Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the new terminal “is a clear commitment to rail transport, in accordance with the policies promoted by the European Union that promote sustainable and competitive transport and engine of economic growth” . Maroto also highlighted the advantages of this investment that “will be this door open to the sea for exporting and importing companies in Madrid and its metropolitan area and Castilla-La Mancha just 6 hours by rail”; fact that “will further strengthen the logistical and industrial role of Puerta Centro-Ciudad del Transporte and the towns of Guadalajara, Marchamalo and its surroundings.” For the president of the Port of Tarragona, Josep M Cruset, “this is an exciting project that will allow the Port of Tarragona to expand its activity to the center of the peninsula, open a new window of opportunity for customers of the Port and strengthen the role of strategic logistics node of Tarragona in the Mediterranean and southern Europe “. Cruset, has placed the PortTarragona Terminal at the center of the Port’s growth strategy “, as its entry into operation will coincide with the entry into service of the Mediterranean Corridor, with the end of the urbanization of the Logistics Activities Zone and with the expansion of the La Boella Intermodal Terminal in 2023. A fact that Cruset has described as a “key moment” for the Port of Tarragona, which he has named “Horizon 2023”. The event was also attended by Pablo Bellido, President of the Cortes de Castilla La Mancha; Francisco Tierraseca, government delegate of Castilla La Mancha; Jose Luis Fertile valley president of the Delegation of Guadalajara; Mercedes Gómez, Deputy Government Delegate in Guadalajara; and Joan Sabaté, Deputy Government Delegate in Tarragona. Start of works The PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara – Marchamalo will have more than 150,000 m² in a strategic enclave in the center of the Peninsula with the intermodality between rail and road in the center of the business strategy. This work has a total budget of 15 million euros. In the first phase of the project, the one officially started today, 4 million euros of investment will be allocated for the execution of the works of adaptation of the land and construction of the railway platform. The calendar with which the Port of Tarragona is working establishes a duration of seven months for this first phase of the project, so that at the beginning of 2022 it will be completed. During the execution of the works in this first stage, the Port will put out to tender the second phase for an investment of approximately 11 million euros, in order to eliminate the downtime in the execution of the project. In this way, once the first phase is over, it will be possible to start with the second, optimizing the time and speeding up the deadlines set in the calendar. The terminal is expected to be completed during the first half of 2023, coinciding in date with the commissioning of the Mediterranean Corridor in Tarragona, with the completion of urbanization and services in the Logistics Activities Zone (ZAL) of the Port of Tarragona and the entry into service of the La Boella intermodal terminal, in which it is expected to invest about 20 million euros in the next 2 years. The confluence of entry into service of the three projects in 2023 will be a before and after for the Tarragona port infrastructure that will strengthen its competitiveness in general cargo movement to and from the center of the peninsula and from or to the center of Europe. A strategic enclave for the Port of Tarragona The strategic role that the PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara – Marchamalo will play in the growth strategy of the Port of Tarragona lies in the improvement of the Port’s connectivity and in the ability to expand its radius of action beyond its current hinterland, formed by Catalonia, Lleida, Aragon and part of the East of Castile. This project opens a window of opportunity to turn the Port of Tarragona into a reference infrastructure for the entire center of the Peninsula. The location of this new logistics node is an advance for Tarragona as it is located only 70 kilometers from the state capital, a place of great demand for logistics services of entry and exit of goods, but also located outside of the area of ​​greatest logistical congestion, currently very saturated. One of the keys to this logistics platform is the planned investments in the twin intermodal terminal of La Boella located within the facilities of the Port of Tarragona. The possibilities offered by the two infrastructures operating in unison will make it easier for any goods arriving in the Port of Tarragona to leave in a few hours by rail to Guadalajara to be distributed to any point on the peninsula and in the opposite direction, making the Port of Tarragona as a new gateway to the sea for any company located in the interior of Spain. The PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara – Marchamalo will be the only multimodal logistics platform of this corridor that will be able to operate trains of 750 meters. Its connection with La Boella, strengthens the union and the connection of the Henares Corridor with the Mediterranean Corridor, favoring the circulation of goods between the Peninsula and the rest of the European continent through these two logistics platforms that the Port of Tarragona will operate coordinated. Growth capacity The growth strategy of the Port of Tarragona involves boosting general cargo traffic in which PortTarragona Terminal Guadalajara – Marchamalo plays a key role. This logistics platform will strengthen the position of the Port of Tarragona as a strategic node, by channeling the main national and international trade flows with origin and / or destination in Madrid and its metropolitan area, and generating more movement in terms of freight traffic in the Tarragona docks. At the same time, Tarragona continues to promote rail transport through other commercial initiatives. The other growths of the Port of Tarragona in the movement of goods by rail are the recent connection services with two important logistics nodes in northern Europe: Antwerp (Belgium) and Ludwigshafen (Germany). Two connections that are the result of collaboration with the company Ekol Logistics as a result of the launch of the Short Sea Shipping service that connects Tarragona weekly with Izmir in just 60 hours. The Port of Tarragona has also participated in the capital increase operation of the Monsoon Intermodal Terminal, TIM Monzón, strengthening its connection with Aragon both for the transport of solid bulk (cereals and feed) and general cargo contained. And in this line, it should be noted that since 2019 the frequency of weekly trains for the transport of cereals to Zuera (Zaragoza) and Lleida has increased. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona (APT – Port Authority of Tarragona)

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