Big names come together to connect Burgos to the port of Valencia by rail

Image: Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia

The port of Valencia, on the eastern Spanish coast, started a study for a direct connection to Burgos province in the north of the country. The project is endorsed by MSC, COSCO, L’Oreal, and Bridgestone, among others.

The Burgos area hosts the manufacturing headquarters of companies, including L’Oreal and Bridgestone. Currently, the only way to reach Valencia from Burgos is via Madrid and Valladolid. A direct railway connection would reduce the distance and transit times between the two locations. Moreover, it would allow Burgos’s manufacturing sector to reach the Mediterranean via rail efficiently.

Both L’Oreal and Bridgestone participated in the event announcing the launch of the study. Additionally, managers from the Spanish branches of MSC and COSCO, both active at the port of Valencia and among the main rail freight players in the country, were also there. The event to present the study was organised by the Valencia Port Authority (APV) and the Confederation of Business Associations of Burgos (FAE). FAE comprises over 50 associations and 10,000 companies from the Burgos province.

The gathering of big names from the manufacturing and transport sector could signal an interesting project in the making. A direct rail line could be the first step in seeing substantial cargo flows of important companies onboarding trains operated by MSC or COSCO.

The Valencia Port Authority is not new to these initiatives

Besides the port of Valencia, the APV manages the ports of Gandia and Segunto, respectively, north and south of the capital of the Valencian Community. This is not the first time the APV takes the initiative to connect the Spanish hinterland to its ports, as its president Joan Calabuig pointed out. “The APV has already been involved in these types of operations, such as the Sagunto-Teruel-Zaragoza railway line”, he said.

The plan to upgrade this rail connection, pushed by the APV, led to the Spanish infrastructure manager Adif investing hundreds of million euros in it to allow the transit of 750-metre trains. The port of Sagunto specialises in the transport of vehicles, and the automotive industry is one of Zaragoza’s leading industries. Stellantis, for example, has a factory there, where over half a million cars are manufactured yearly and employs almost 6,000 people.

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Big names come together to connect Burgos to the port of Valencia by rail

Image: Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia

The port of Valencia, on the eastern Spanish coast, started a study for a direct connection to Burgos province in the north of the country. The project is endorsed by MSC, COSCO, L’Oreal, and Bridgestone, among others.

The Burgos area hosts the manufacturing headquarters of companies, including L’Oreal and Bridgestone. Currently, the only way to reach Valencia from Burgos is via Madrid and Valladolid. A direct railway connection would reduce the distance and transit times between the two locations. Moreover, it would allow Burgos’s manufacturing sector to reach the Mediterranean via rail efficiently.

Both L’Oreal and Bridgestone participated in the event announcing the launch of the study. Additionally, managers from the Spanish branches of MSC and COSCO, both active at the port of Valencia and among the main rail freight players in the country, were also there. The event to present the study was organised by the Valencia Port Authority (APV) and the Confederation of Business Associations of Burgos (FAE). FAE comprises over 50 associations and 10,000 companies from the Burgos province.

The gathering of big names from the manufacturing and transport sector could signal an interesting project in the making. A direct rail line could be the first step in seeing substantial cargo flows of important companies onboarding trains operated by MSC or COSCO.

The Valencia Port Authority is not new to these initiatives

Besides the port of Valencia, the APV manages the ports of Gandia and Segunto, respectively, north and south of the capital of the Valencian Community. This is not the first time the APV takes the initiative to connect the Spanish hinterland to its ports, as its president Joan Calabuig pointed out. “The APV has already been involved in these types of operations, such as the Sagunto-Teruel-Zaragoza railway line”, he said.

The plan to upgrade this rail connection, pushed by the APV, led to the Spanish infrastructure manager Adif investing hundreds of million euros in it to allow the transit of 750-metre trains. The port of Sagunto specialises in the transport of vehicles, and the automotive industry is one of Zaragoza’s leading industries. Stellantis, for example, has a factory there, where over half a million cars are manufactured yearly and employs almost 6,000 people.

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