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Valenciaport: “We Are Bringing The Railroad Closer To Companies So That Containers Travel By This Means Of Transport”

Valenciaport: “We are bringing the railroad closer to companies so that containers travel by this means of transport”

Source: Valenciaport
València, October 22, 2021.- The president of the Valencia Port Authority (APV), Aurelio Martínez, has highlighted the commitment that Valenciaport is making for the railway with an investment for the next years of 240 million euros with the objective to make the train the transport of the future and a perfect ally of the maritime sector. “We are bringing the railroad closer to companies so that containers
travel by this means of transport. Our commitment is clear and that allows us to be the first port in commercial relations via rail with Madrid, to have more volume of transport and to consolidate ourselves as the leading port in Spain ”. Martínez has participated in the presentation of the “Goods to the train” campaign that was held this morning in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de València. “This initiative is an element of awareness for citizens to see the bet that Valenciaport is making to connect our entire hinterland through the railway with the port areas of València and Sagunto.” Aurelio Martínez has pointed out that “the railway is more environmentally sustainable, it decongests the roads, and it is efficient for the transport of goods over specific distances such as 300 kilometers or more. Rail is essential, most European countries have rates of freight transport by train above 20% and in Spain we are at 4.5%. We have a long way to go to improve and there Valenciaport will be an ally to promote this interconnectivity. We must bet on the railroad to reverse this situation and increase the transport of goods by train ”. In this line, the MEP, Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñero, has been shown, who has assured that “we have to get the goods to get on the train. In the United States, the transport of products by train represents 33% of the total, in the European Union 18% and in Spain we are above 4%. We cannot meet the objectives of the Green Pact if the transport of goods is not carried out in the most efficient and clean environment ”. Valenciaport, with the railway “We are investing in internal infrastructures to adapt the ports of Sagunto and València to the rail network and connections at the national level, or improving the Valencia-Teruel-Zaragoza line,” explained Aurelio Martínez. Specifically, to promote rail accessibility to the Port of València, actions of more than 125.5 million euros are planned for works such as the remodeling of the track beach of the Príncipe Felipe dock, the reform of the railway network between the Poniente docks and Costa or the rail access to the terminal. In the case of Sagunto, we are going to allocate 97.6 million euros to improve the internal network and access to the port area. In addition, we are supporting the endowments and the line between Sagunto-Teruel-Zaragoza with the execution of sidings and other initiatives, such as the Vicálvaro Intermodal Station or the rail highway that connects the port of València with Madrid. According to data from the PAV Statistical Bulletin, between January and September a total of 2,251,193 tons of goods were mobilized by rail traffic, which is 18.38% more than in the same period of 2020. Likewise, the The number of TEUs (standard 20-foot container) managed by rail was 164,059, 12% more. Recently, Valenciaport has signed an agreement with ADIF and the company Tramesa, the first railway highway in Iberian gauge that will link Valencia and Madrid, an infrastructure that will carry special wagons that will allow a crane to pick up the truck platform, lift it and place it in a wagon adapted to trucks. In fact, the commitment of the Port of València with the railroad already causes 160,000 containers to stop using the road to be transported by rail to Madrid, which represents 80% of this traffic. A campaign with great support The launch of “Goods to the train” has been very well received by companies and institutions that see in this medium the solution to decarbonize transport. In line with their environmental commitments, they have wanted to make a much-needed proposal a reality, that of caring for the environment in which they carry out their activity, designing an emissions-neutral intermodal supply chain and calling on society to be part of the change . This campaign has been promoted by the railway company DB Cargo and in Spain it has its subsidiary Transfesa Logistics as sponsors, as well as Ermewa, Medway, Puerto de Valencia, Renfe Merchandise and Stadler. Also collaborating in the same Adif, the Valencia City Council, AM Fresh Group, the European Parliament, the Spanish Railways Foundation, the Department of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility of the Generalitat Valenciana, Logitren, VTG and Tob Sine. Also present at the event were the MEP, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñeiro, the Minister for Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi Spain, the Vice Mayor of Valencia, Sandra Gómez, or the Government Commissioner for the Mediterranean Corridor, Josep Vicent Boira, among others. Goods on the train: A proposal full of advantages “Goods on the train” starts in the context of the “European Year of the Railroad”. This commemoration highlights the weight that will be given to it to become the first climate-neutral continent in 2050. Precisely, the European Green Deal wants to reduce emissions associated with transport by 90%. For this reason, it is committed to the most sustainable means, which represents only 0.4% of the Union’s greenhouse gas emissions, has 12 times less external costs for society than the road and consumes 6 times less energy . It is competitive in time, safe and very efficient to cover the supply of any article, product or material in short and long distances. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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