Adif commissions several 740-metre sidings on critical rail freight line

Image: Adif.

The upgrade of the Zaragoza-Teruel-Sagunto line in Spain as part of Adif’s master plan is ongoing at a fast pace. The Spanish infrastructure manager commissioned seven 740-metre-long sidings on the line to allow more efficient freight train handling. The Zaragoza-Teruel-Sagunto line is one of Spain’s most important lines in terms of rail freight transport.

Adif’s latest upgrade concerns mostly freight trains and was financed by the Port Authority of Valencia. The stations benefiting from the development of the Zaragoza-Teruel-Sagunto line are Cariñena, Ferreruela, Teruel, La Puebla de Valverde, Estivella, Navajas and Barracas. The next step is the line’s full electrification.

From Valencia to Bilbao

The importance of the Zaragoza-Teruel-Sagunto for Spanish rail logistics was highlighted with a purpose. The line is integral to the rail corridor connecting Valencia to Bilbao and the ports of the two cities. An efficient railway connection between the two means that sea shipping volumes arriving in Valencia through the Mediterranean Sea could also find their way to the Atlantic Ocean and other shipping lines by reaching the port of Bilbao via rail and vice versa. On top of that, Zaragoza, Teruel and other locations along the line, like Jundiz, are important logistics hubs themselves that could serve for further cargo distribution in the Spanish hinterland.

The Zaragoza-Teruel-Sagunto line bringing Valencia and Bilbao closer. Image: © Spanish Ministry of Development.

Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is the Chief Editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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