Port of Sevilla. Photo credit: Port of Sevilla

From Port of Sevilla to Andalusia in 20 minutes with new rail freight line

Port of Sevilla. Photo credit: Port of Sevilla

Construction of a new railway connection between the Port of Sevilla and La Negrilla Station in Andalusia will make it possible to transit freight over this distance in twenty minutes. The railway line will be developed by the Port of Seville and Adif, the national company responsible for the construction and maintenance of rail tracks in Spain. Currently, the journey takes two hours.

The port has obtained a forteen million Euros loan, granted by the Spanish National Port Authority. On the other hand, Adif has budgeted 11.5 million Euros, granted by the European Regional Development Fund. The project is scheduled to be completed in three years and commissioning starts as soon as Adif has awarded a company with this task.

Improvement of freight capacity

La Negrilla Station is a key rail freight hub in Andalusia, whereas the Port of Sevilla is the main inner port of Spain. It has twenty weekly rail freight services to northern Spain and the region of Extremadura. The most important railway service connects to the steel mill of the Spanish Gallardo Group in Jerez de los Caballeros (Extremadura).

The Port Authority of Sevilla has been developing important projects to improve the capacity of its docks and has conducted studies of dredging tasks since 2000 to increase its cargo capacity.  It handled 2 million tonnes of goods in 2016, in spite of being an important destiny for cruise tourism.

Author: Jose Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez is RailFreight's correspondent in Spain.

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