New rail freight line at the port of La Coruña ready to take off

Wagons at Port of La Coruña. Source: La Coruña Port Authority.

New infrastructure is ready to get into the construction phase at the Spanish port of La Coruña. A railway line connecting the main port with the city’s outer port of Punta Langosteira will improve the port’s rail freight profile and positively impact the supply chains in Galicia and the whole of Spain, mentioned the Spanish Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez.

The agreement to build the railway line between the ports of La Coruña and Punta Langosteira was signed almost a month ago between the Spanish transport ministry, Adif, Spain’s infrastructure manager, Puertos del Estado, the state-owned company managing the Spanish ports, and La Coruña’s port authority.

Construction funding will draw support from the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism of the European Union with about 157 million euros. Adif will undertake the tendering and execution of works. After the line’s completion, La Coruña’s port authority will own it and be responsible for its administration, reported the Spanish website Via Libre.

Almost exclusively underground

The new route will have a total length of 6,7 kilometres, of which 5,3 will run through a tunnel. The railway line has been designed as a single track without electrification, using the Iberian gauge(1,668 mm). However, plans foresee the line’s readaptation to the standard gauge and its full electrification at a later stage.

With green the new railway line connecting the ports of La Coruña and Punta Langosteira. Source: Adif

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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