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The Port Of Barcelona Approves A Strategic Action Plan To Increase Rail Capacity

The Port of Barcelona approves a Strategic Action Plan to increase rail capacity

Source: Barcelona Port
At its meeting today, the Board of Directors approved the Strategic Action Plan to increase the Port of Barcelona’s current rail capacity until the new rail accesses come into operation. This is a phased action plan that will ensure an increase in rail traffic with the current infrastructures, thus enabling the Port of Barcelona to continue to make progress in promoting intermodality and to strengthen
its role as a logistics hub for the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula and southern Europe – April 28, 2021 Specifically, the Plan proposes, in its first stage, the design of a new General Circulation Consigna, which defines how to circulate the Port’s service area, so as to optimise, while guaranteeing absolute safety, the circulation of trains within the port area, making the simultaneous circulation of trains of different gauges compatible, allowing a minimum of three circulations per hour in the same direction at any of the Port’s main accesses. In a second stage, a Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) will be created. This will entail a change in the current train management model and an extension of the timetables for the provision of rail services, as well as technological changes in the remote control of traffic and the construction of new rail infrastructures within the port area, such as the laying of double tracks on the Príncep d’Espanya quay and in the Dársena Sur or the insertion of UIC rail at the access to calle 4, among others. The third stage of this Plan, which will be developed in the medium term, involves the implementation of a Railway Command Centre (RCC) that will jointly manage the new accesses, once they are operational, and the current tracks in the Port of Barcelona service area. This Command Centre will also be prepared to integrate future extensions to the port infrastructure, as well as any new railway needs. This action will also entail changes in railway management and in the technology used, among others. €9.5 million tender for maintenance works The Board of Directors of the Port of Barcelona has also approved the launch of the tender for the civil works and auxiliary maintenance works of the port area for an estimated value of 9.5 million euros for the maximum contract value. The term of the contract will be two years, with an initial two-year extension and an additional period of one year. The purpose of the contract is the execution of the civil works and other auxiliary works that may be necessary to conserve the existing infrastructures throughout the Port’s territorial area to allow and facilitate port operations and normal activity. Activities related to the periodic cleaning of buildings, road cleaning, gardening, electrical maintenance and other specialised work are excluded from this contract. Barcelona City Council requests the withdrawal from the agenda of the item on the Hermitage The Board of Directors of the Port of Barcelona did not deal today with the application for the granting of a concession by the Hermitage Museum Barcelona SL, an item which was withdrawn from the agenda at the express request of Barcelona City Council in order to have more time to review all the project documentation. The Port of Barcelona considers the Hermitage to be a cultural project of interest to the city, bearing in mind that the Ports Act establishes cultural uses as a priority in port-city spaces. Examples of this cultural use are the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or the Botín Centre in Santander. The Port of Barcelona appreciates the willingness to dialogue on the part of the municipality and offers to intensify the talks to try to find a definitive solution. Source: Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona (APB – Port Authority of Barcelona)

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