More investments before Spanish port gains rail access to Mediterranean Corridor

Image: Port of Catselló.

The Spanish port of Castellon, between Valencia and Barcelona, sees more money pouring in to complete its connection to the Mediterranean Corridor. A joint investment of 132 million euros by the Spanish infrastructure manager Adif and the port aims to provide seamless rail access to major freight routes while also building needed infrastructure and terminals within and around the port’s facilities.

The port’s southern rail access, as Adif calls the project, will receive 71,7 million euros in funding from the Spanish IM and 60,3 million euros from the port of Castellon. The line will be exclusively used by freight trains. It will be fully electrified and use mixed gauge, also facilitating 750 metres-long trains.

This is not the first rail-related investment occurring in the port of Castellon. Adif and the port authority have been planning to provide a new rail connection to the location since June 2022. Back then, Adif tendered the construction of a new railway line that would extend from the Mediterranean Corridor, which is close to the port, to the middle of the route leading to the port facilities. The investment amounted to 123,5 million euros for a railway line that is roughly 4,7 kilometres long. Later, in December 2022, Adif announced an additional investment of 83 million euros to boost the construction of this section.

The line in blue indicates the 4,7 kilometres long track extending to the port from the Mediterranean Corridor (in black).

Focus now on the port’s infrastructure

The total length of the line that will link the port of Castellon to the Mediterranean Corridor is 8,3 kilometres. With the first 4,7 kilometres already addressed, there are approximately 3,6 kilometres of track to be built and provide direct rail access by extending infrastructure within the port’s facilities. This is where the latest investment of 132 million euros aims. Additionally, part of the money will be used to finalise some works on the first section and electrify the line to its whole extent.

The red line indicates the remaining 3,6 kilometres long track that will extend within the port’s facilities. The yellow arrow indicates the railway entrance to the port, while the light green arrows indicate the port’s existing railway infrastructure. © Port of Castelló.

More to come

Apart from a new rail line, Adif and the port of Castellon have more rail plans. Specifically, they also want to build an intermodal station which will be located between the port and the Mediterranean Corridor. Even though the station’s construction is included in the latest investment agreement between Adif and the port of Castellon as a plan, the actual investment will be carried out separately since it requires substantial funds.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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