Medway and Renfe prepare new Cordoba-Sines rail link
Portuguese rail freight Company Medway and Spanish carrier Renfe Mercancias are preparing a new service between Cordoba, in the Spanish region of Andalusia, and the Portuguese port of Sines. This service will have stops in Seville, 133 kilometres south of Cordoba, and Merida, in the eastern region of Extremadura and close to the Portuguese border.
This service will carry sea containers andbe focused on agricultural and manufacturing products produced in Andalusia and Extremadura. The final stop would be Sines, close to Lisbon, and a key logistics hub. Initially, there would be one weekly service, increasing the frequency under demand.
Medway and Renfe want to reinforce synergies with the new rail freight service between Merida and Sines, which they started last November, as reported previously. Both rail freight companies are in ongoing commercial discussions with several sea shipping companies, such as Maersk Line, which has started a rail freight service between Cordoba and Algeciras Port, in south Andalusia and a strategic point in the straight of Gibraltar.
The regional Andalusian government is claiming for civil works to improve rail freight connections of the mentioned Spanish port due to the increasing competition of the Portuguese ports of Leixoes, Sines and Setubal, and Tangiers in north Morocco. Andalusia and Extremadura have reinforced their international trade traffic since the last Spanish economic crisis and their farmers and manufacturers are demanding more efficient intermodal transport services, forging a stronger relationship between Spanish and Portuguese ports.