Adif tenders direct rail link to the port of Seville
The Spanish infrastructure manager Adif will tender the construction of a new railway line which will provide direct access to the port of Seville. The new rail link will be approximately 2,5 kilometres long and will cost 22,7 million euros. It is considered vital since it will facilitate rail access to the port of Seville.
The project is a product of the agreement between Puertos del Estado, the company managing state-owned ports in Spain, the Seville port authority and Adif. Its construction will last twelve months, while expenses will be co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with 11,5 million euros and Seville port authority with 13,5 million euros maximum.
Ending unnecessary circles
So far, trains heading to the port of Seville need to pass through different stations like La Salude, Dos Hermanas and Utera, which are positioned in Seville’s suburban area, before reaching their final destination. As a result, they spend time unnecessarily in literally making circles around the port before accessing it.
The new railway line project aims to stop that. With the direct rail link, Adif aspires to connect the La Negrilla freight terminal, not far from the city centre, with the port’s rail terminal by crossing the bridge of the Guadaíra river that runs through the city. In this sense, transit times will reduce by around two and a half hours, and infrastructure will be modernised and more efficient.
A detailed description by Adif explains how the new link will work. “The first kilometre will be carried out on the same platform that will be occupied in the future by the splitting of the south closure of the Cercanías Ring Road in the city of Seville. Subsequently, the track will be diverted to its independent platform through a ram jump and cross the Seville-Cádiz line through a viaduct. This viaduct will run parallel to the current rail access to the Port, to its north, up to the height of Avenida de Jerez. From this point, the layout of the new access will continue until it ends at the east abutment of the railway bridge over the Guadaíra River,” says Adif.