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Valenciaport Warns Of The Danger Of Not Having Double Track For Valencia-Castellón And Sagunto-Zaragoza Trains

Valenciaport warns of the danger of not having double track for Valencia-Castellón and Sagunto-Zaragoza trains

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The ports of Sagunto and València are strategic intermodal platforms to facilitate connectivity with the Mediterranean corridor – November 11, 2020 Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia) has warned today of the danger of full capacity in train traffic that looms over the ports of Valencia and Sagunto if double-track projects between Valencia and Castellón are not implemented as quickly
as possible, and between Sagunto and Zaragoza; and if projects such as the Tunnel Pasante de València capital are not undertaken. This concern was launched today simultaneously by the deputy directors of APV, Manuel Guerra and Néstor Martínez, who are also respectively attached to the presidency and the general direction of the Port Authority. Guerra and Martinez have participated in a breakfast organized by the Camp de Morvedre Business Association (ASECAM). In their speech, they highlighted the relevance that the railway is acquiring in both port areas, both due to the planned investments and the results that are being recorded month by month. “The ports of Sagunto and València are strategic intermodal platforms to facilitate connectivity with the Mediterranean corridor; Large export and import companies work in them for which access to the Corridor will be essential; Investments are being planned that will allow a significant leap in the use of the railroad, but we are in danger of saturation if we do not start planning a double track for the Sagunto Zaragoza connection and between Valencia and Castellón right now, ”explained Manuel Guerra. In this way, he has ensured that the Valencia-Castellón railway section could be affected within a few years by the increase in freight, which would saturate this axis, which is why he considers it necessary to build a through tunnel, as well as to duplicate this track. Something similar happens with the Sagunto-Teruel-Zaragoza line since, with the investment that is being made from APV, freight traffic has increased, since currently more than 30 trains pass on this line and half of them transport containers. It is for this reason that it has also put on the table the need for this line to have a double track in the near future to avoid saturation “for which we must demonstrate that we are capable of generating sufficient traffic”. The conference held in Sagunto was attended by the president of ASECAM, Cristina Plumed, the mayor and councilor of the APV, Darío Moreno, and the president of the Infrastructure area of ​​the Valencian Business Confederation (CEV), José Luis Santa Isabel. In her speech, the president of ASECAM, Cristina Plumed has defended that “the improvement of the infrastructures in the port of Sagunto are essential, not only to attract new investments to our region but also to make our companies much more competitive; for this reason we closely follow the evolution of the railway access to the port of Sagunto, as well as the Cantabrian Corridor, because they are two very important infrastructures for us”. Sagunto port data Precisely, according to Néstor Martínez, attached to the General Directorate, APV, throughout 2019, the Saguntine port channeled almost seven million tons, of which around 5.4 million were solid merchandise, while more than 1.5 million tons were gas. In addition, a total of 1,560 ships docked in the port of Sagunto over the past year. Thus, the port of Sagunto, currently, is in the second position in terms of import of steel products, ahead of such important ports as Pasaia, Barcelona, ​A Coruña and Avilés, and only behind Bilbao; and in fifth position in terms of the export of these goods. Similarly, it is in sixth position in terms of vehicle traffic, with more than 272,300 cars transported, and in eighth position in terms of non-containerized goods, with a channeling of more than 2.8 million tons. Regarding the future challenges foreseen in APV for the port of Sagunto, it is worth highlighting the opening of the Border Control Post, which will have a total of ten phytosanitary manholes, and which Martínez hopes will be able to start operating at the beginning of 2021 to, in this way, attract a greater traffic of goods for human and animal consumption. In addition, they also want to complete the center pier II with a multipurpose terminal for which they are carrying out a ‘road show’ to publicize the project to potential investors who may be interested in it. Infrastructure improvement On the other hand, the deputy director general of APV, Manuel Guerra, has spoken about investments in infrastructure improvement. At first, he reported that the works of the railway access to the port of Sagunto have already begun with what he hopes that, at the end of this year, machinery can be seen working on the ground. In addition, he explained that, within the project of the Department on the development of Parc Sagunt II, an intermodal terminal is also contemplated that connects with this railway access to the port facilities. In the same way, Guerra has pointed out that €386.8 million will be invested within the Master Plan of the Cantabrian Corridor, destined to the electrification of this road, whose works he hopes may be at the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024 since it has assured that “Adif believes a lot in this project so, little by little, the established deadlines are being met.” On the other hand, the deputy director general of APV has also explained the various investments that are being made in other infrastructure projects such as the €20.6 million that have been invested in the improvement of the Sagunto-Teruel-Zaragoza railway line, or the €20 million allocated to rail access to the port of Sagunto, which also has an investment of €11 million from Europe. In addition, an agreement has also been signed with the Ministry of Public Works, Generalitat Valenciana, Adif and the Valencia City Council to create an intermodal terminal at the Fuente de San Luis, in addition to the €33 million that will be allocated to the electrification of Sagunto-Teruel-Zaragoza line. In total, APV is going to allocate 88.6 million euros to favor rail intermodality. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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