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Port Of Santander To Use EU Funds To Improve Rail Access

Port of Santander to use EU funds to improve rail access

Source: European Commission
Santander, Spain (PortSEurope) April 5, 2021 – The Port of Santander has obtained €7.1 million ($8.3 million) from the European Union Recovery and Resilience Plan to finance new facilities that improve accessibility for freight traffic and energy sustainability within the port. The president of Autoridad Portuaria de Santander (APS – Port Authority of Santander), Francisco Martín, yesterday appreciated this “excellent news” that will speed up some of the actions that will
mark the “future” of the port. He added that they are the first grants from the ‘Next Generation’ program to materialize in the region to improve infrastructure. In a statement, Martín explained that the six projects that will finance these additional funds to the APS budget represent a “decisive bet” on the railway, which is “fundamental” for the “regeneration of the industrial fabric and the development of sustainable mobility”. In addition, he stressed that Spain is “very efficient” in the construction of infrastructures and that, in recent decades, there has been “a giant leap” in the modernization of the transport system. “It is time to move forward with a second modernization aimed at drastically reducing CO2 emissions, betting on a modal shift to rail and on the digital transformation of our transport system,” he said. Martín highlighted the contribution of €3.3 million for the improvement of the double access road to the port , whose completion is expected in January 2022. The works will allow the improvement of the general Iberian gauge and metric gauge roads in the section access to the two breakwaters of the Port of Santander. With this action, capacity will be increased by means of a double Iberian gauge track, maintaining one of the tracks to continue serving the metric gauge (Feve). Also included are the Iberian gauge detours towards the central breakwater of Raos (car terminals, cement, chemical products and containers) and the leaks between the double track to be able to carry out conservation work on one of the tracks without cutting off the railway access port. This action will be carried out on a track length of 1,950 meters. On the other hand, €1.5 million will be invested in renovating ballast rail access to the port terminals located at the head of the aforementioned breakwater (cement, chemical products and containers), through a concrete track of Iberian gauge to allow the passage of vehicles on it in the section that runs in front of the car terminal. The length of the renovation is approximately 1,800 meters and the works will end in June 2024. The railway access road works to the cement and chemical terminals of the Raos 8 East dock require a “comprehensive renovation, and an improvement of the route to simplify crossings, improve maneuvers and avoid parking of wagons on the general track” . The performance will have an investment of €482,000 and will end in April. Efficient lighting Another of the actions that will have European resources is the installation of streetlights with LED technology in the main roads of the central Raos breakwater. The estimated award budget is €936,000 and its completion is expected in September 2023. In parallel, the general lighting service in the public areas of the port will be improved through projectors with LED technology and remote control. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Santander (APS – Port Authority of Santander) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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