The Port of Barcelona together with the Ministry of Public Works, Catalan Government, ADIF, State Ports and FGC have signed a cooperation protocol to improve road and rail access to the port precinct.
The protocol includes plans to build new road and rail access to the port, work will commence in the coming months on the prior studies and basic project necessary to sign the required legal instruments or agreements to begin construction.
These legal instruments or agreements will cover the allocation of ownership and the financial obligations and contributions of each of the entities and bodies participating in the development and construction of these new accesses, and the planning of new intermodal terminals and rolling highway services in the Barcelona logistics node.
It is envisaged that a subsequent agreement will be drafted in accordance with the technical, economic and administrative framework for the new accesses project to be built according to a solution covered in an information study previously approved on October 22, 2007.
Mercè Conesa, president of the Port of Barcelona, commented: “In addition to this protocol, we are bringing 750 m trains on stream on the Barcelona-Zaragoza line, strengthening our commitment to clean, green, efficient, regular and safe logistics, aligning our investments with the European Green Deal, as is only to be expected.”
Mercè Conesa also pointed out that “From the Port of Barcelona we had requested a Technical Office headquartered in Barcelona, to effectively build the accesses and to coordinate the whole project, which I formally request once again at this event. We are asking to participate in coordinating the work because it is extremely complex and because our teams know our port better than anyone”.
The construction of the new land, road and rail accesses to the Port of Barcelona is part of the Ministry of Public Works’ strategy for sustainable, safe and connected mobility, committed to modernising the transport and logistics system. Their significance explains why the new South road and rail accesses to the Port of Barcelona are a priority action, the culmination of a development that began in 1994 with the Delta Plan, to make Barcelona the most advanced logistics and multimodal node in Southern Europe.