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Port Of Barcelona And The City Councils Present The Urban Master Plan For The Intermodal Logistics Terminal

Port of Barcelona and the city councils present the Urban Master Plan for the Intermodal Logistics Terminal

Source: Barcelona Port
Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) November 18, 2021 – The preview of the Urban Master Plan (PDU) for the Port of Barcelona’s Intermodal Logistics Terminal, which will organise the future railway development of the port’s southern area, was presented today. The railway node is a set of infrastructures including: a ferroutage (accompanied combined transport is a form of intermodal transport) terminal, a reception and dispatch terminal and
a loading and unloading terminal, all located on the old course of the Llobregat River, and a reception and dispatch terminal parallel to the current course of the river, known as the New Llobregat Terminal. This is a supra-municipal infrastructure and, for its development, consensus has been reached between the Port and the city councils of Barcelona and El Prat, with the involvement also of the Department of the Vice-Presidency and of Digital and Territorial Policies and Barcelona Regional. The presentation of the PDU was attended by the President of the Port of Barcelona, Damià Calvet; the Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department of Ecology, Urban Planning, Infrastructure and Mobility of Barcelona City Council, Janet Sanz; the Mayor of El Prat de Llobregat, Lluís Mijoler; and the Director General of Spatial Planning and Urban Development, Agustí Serra. The Port of Barcelona promotes rail transport for its efficiency and competitiveness. In the last 10 years, the Port’s intermodal strategy has avoided 2.8 million lorry journeys. In 2020, rail traffic in the port area took 175,000 lorries off the road, i.e. 700 lorries a day. This elimination of road traffic saved the emission of 42,700 tonnes of CO2, and 14 million litres of fuel were no longer burned. A powerful rail hub with 6 terminals The PDU infrastructures, together with the other existing infrastructures in the area – the BEST rail terminal at Muelle Prat and Terminal C for dispatch and reception, already built and operational – will form a very powerful rail node, with 6 terminals, which will serve the Port of Barcelona and its surroundings: the Zona Franca of Barcelona, the Pratenc industrial estate, and the industries located in the Baix Llobregat and in the south of Barcelona. This node will serve maritime-terrestrial and terrestrial-maritime traffic, but also terrestrial-terrestrial traffic, which will be able to take advantage of this infrastructure to reach their markets in a sustainable and efficient way. It occupies an area of 68 hectares and is one of the nodes of the Mediterranean Corridor. The addition of this infrastructure to the new land accesses to the Port of Barcelona and the 10 railway sidings on the Barcelona-Zaragoza axis, which will involve a public investment of 600 and 30 million euros, respectively, will increase the number of containers entering and/or leaving the Port by train, advancing its environmental and efficiency objectives. During 2020, rail traffic at the Port of Barcelona was 269,304 TEU, with a rail share of 15% for containers and 42% for vehicles. The Intermodal Logistics Terminal is expected to enable the annual transfer from road to rail of some 400,000 containers and 46,000 semi-trailers. New green public spaces The PDU will include the regulation and urban planning of the spaces affected by the new infrastructures. It will create 20.8 ha of new green public spaces and the Parc Agrari del Llobregat-Parc de Montjuïc Green Corridor, a network of green itineraries that will connect the different logistics-port areas and natural spaces. This PDU is a very important first step in taking advantage of the space left by the new railway terminals at Morrot station to improve the city-port relationship, connecting with Marina del Prat Vermell and decongesting Montjuïc. It is also planned to integrate the landscape of the infrastructure passage by means of green corridors that act as a cushion. It will guarantee the territorial integration of the new infrastructures and their use for logistics and transport activities, as well as the environmental and social function of the new public spaces that will be generated, minimising the impact of the passage of the infrastructures. The Port of Barcelona’s Intermodal Logistics Terminal will not, therefore, affect the valuable spaces in the surrounding area. “There is an important commitment from the Port that is not minor. We are talking about 15 million euros that the Port of Barcelona will invest directly outside its area in order to create the urban development conditions set out in the PDU. With this action, the environmental and social function of our public spaces is guaranteed”, explained Damià Calvet, President of the Port of Barcelona, today. The presentation of the preview of the PDU of the Port of Barcelona Intermodal Logistics Terminal coincides with the start of the citizen participation process, which will last three months. Once the contributions from the public and local authorities have been incorporated and the environmental process has been completed, the initial approval of the PDU and the opening of the public information procedure are expected. The amendments collected from citizens, town councils and associations during this public information process will help to finalise the document, which will receive definitive approval from the Catalan Territorial Commission, foreseeably in the first quarter of 2023. Damià Calvet indicated that “Catalonia’s economy needs a more efficient, more competitive and more sustainable Port of Barcelona. With this urban planning instrument, agreed by the four competent administrations, we are making rail and road access and the rail hub possible”. Details from Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona (APB – Port Authority of Barcelona) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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