Port of Barcelona signs cooperation protocol to build new road and rail accesses to the port

Port of Barcelona signs cooperation protocol to build new road and rail accesses to the port
Project for new road and rail accesses to the Port of Barcelona

The Port of Barcelona, Ministry of Public Works, Catalan Government, ADIF, State Ports and FGC have signed a cooperation protocol to build new road and rail access to the port.

Work will now commence in the coming months on the prior studies and basic project necessary to sign the required legal instruments or agreements to begin construction.

These legal instruments or agreements will cover the allocation of ownership and the financial obligations and contributions of each of the entities and bodies participating in the development and construction of these new accesses as well as the planning of new intermodal terminals and rolling highway services.

A subsequent agreement will be drafted in accordance with the technical, economic and administrative framework for the new accesses project to be built according to a solution covered in an information study previously approved on October 22, 2007.

Mercè Conesa, president of the Port of Barcelona, said: “In addition to this protocol, we are bringing 750 m trains on stream on the Barcelona-Zaragoza line, strengthening our commitment to clean, green, efficient, regular and safe logistics, aligning our investments with the European Green Deal, as is only to be expected.”

The Port of Barcelona has also requested a Technical Office, headquartered in Barcelona, in order to effectively build the accesses and to coordinate the whole project.

Conesa added: “We are asking to participate in coordinating the work because it is extremely complex and because our teams our port better than.”

The studies and projects that will now be drafted to develop the new accesses to the Port of Barcelona will include three key actions and could be approved within nine months.

These include exclusive railway access to the port, consisting of a double section of mixed track running from a fork in the current RFIG south of the Bellvitge junction to the starting of the receipt and dispatch sidings at the Nou Llobregat depot.

This infrastructure will be built by the Port of Barcelona outside the scope of the protocol and will include the electrification, control-command and signalling installations of these sections.

It will also include the connection branch line of the new railway access with Can Tunis Oest in mixed gauge and adapting the tracks of this terminal to standard gauge.

Adapting the tracks of this terminal will allow standard gauge trains to run between the current south access and the north access through this terminal.

Control command, signalling and energy subsystems will be designed, including the traction substation, corresponding to the railway infrastructures to be built by the Port of Barcelona in its current service area.

Road access from the coastal ring road, about 800 m from the Cornella junction to the distribution junction at the port entrance will also be built.

The cooperative group will also study the possibility of building a complete road link in the intermediate zone of the old final section of the Llobregat river in order to accommodate HGV traffic departing from or arriving at the adjacent port-logistics complex.

The new road and rail accesses to the port pose a considerable technical challenge since they must be built in a small, highly developed area that is shared with key metropolitan infrastructures and service networks.

Additionally, the protocol reflects the will to perform the studies required to implement the joint planning and management of the railway terminals of the Barcelona logistics node – El Vallés Intermodal and logistics terminal (La Llagosta); El Prat Intermodal and logistics terminal (Can Tunis-ZAL Prat); dedicated rolling highway services terminal.

Thus, it agrees on a participation and management model with an overall perspective for action of the current and future intermodal terminals located in the Barcelona area.

The aim is to develop the logistics potential of the Barcelona node to strengthen its role as a link bringing together goods, resources and logistical development and improving its overall competitiveness.

Construction of the new land, road and rail accesses to the Port of Barcelona is part of the Ministry of Public Works’ strategy for sustainable, safe and connected mobility that is committed to modernising the transport and logistics system.