ADIF logistics centre in Zaragoza, source: ADIF

Adif to develop new section of Cantabrian-Mediterranean corridor

Spanish rail infrastructure manager Adif is set to develop the 7-kilometre track in Tafalla, in the Navarra region. The line is a part of the Cantabrian-Mediterranean corridor. The works cost 36.78 million Euros and will be provided by Rover Infrastructures company in 25 months.

The project includes construction of two rail tracks, the 583-metre tunnel to cross the Navarra canal (essential to supply water to orchards in the southern region), one overpass, four underpasses and 19 drainage works. In addition, the company will develop ecoducts for wild animals. Adif has outsourced the project after choosing contractors for the Olite-Tafalla rail link valued at 54.5 million Euros.

Cantabrian-Mediterranean corridor

The Cantabrian-Mediterranean corridor will connect ports on the Cantabrian coast (Santander, Bilbao, Pasaia) with the Mediterranean harbours (Valencia, Port de Sagunt). The route will run via the cities of Santander, Pamplona, Tudela, Miranda de Ebro, Teruel, Logroño and Zaragoza.

The project was launched in 2009, it has been developing step by step. The Cantabrian-Mediterranean corridor will be used for both freight and high-speed passenger services. The freight trains will run at an average speed of 120 kilometres per hour while the passenger trains will reach up to 220 kilometres per hour.

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Author: Jose Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez is RailFreight's correspondent in Spain.

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