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Port of Barcelona and Adif collaborate to strengthen Barcelona rail freight transport

Train Port Barcelona, a joint venture between the Port of Barcelona and Adif with equal ownership, was officially established before a notary.

This step marks an important moment in the collaboration between both organisations to enhance the development and management of the railway logistics hub in the Barcelona metropolitan area. The aim is to bolster rail freight transport along the Mediterranean axis and its surrounding regions, as well as international routes.

The partnership's focus encompasses various key facilities including the Can Tunis railway complex, the La Llagosta Intermodal and Logistics terminal, the Port of Barcelona Intermodal Terminal, and the Intermodal Rail Motorway or Ferroutage terminal.

According to a statement, partners will collaborate closely to strategically plan and develop these infrastructures, optimize investments, and effectively manage resources to deliver more competitive services. Train Port Barcelona also aims to serve as the primary point of contact for railway operators and port rail terminals, offering high-quality service to end customers.

The establishment of Train Port Barcelona, chaired by the Port of Barcelona, was initially outlined in the collaboration protocol signed in October 2020. This protocol, involving the Ministry of Public Works (now Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility), the Generalitat de Catalunya, Adif, Puertos del Estado, and the Port of Barcelona, aimed to advance the construction of new south entrances for road and rail networks at the Port of Barcelona.

The formation of this company marks a significant milestone, transitioning from mere collaboration between institutions to a deeper level of cooperation and shared responsibility in railway management. The goal is to optimize environmental sustainability, connectivity, and competitiveness. This pioneering initiative represents an innovative approach to infrastructure management, fostering synergies and knowledge exchange that will contribute to the social and economic advancement of the country.

Train Port Barcelona will oversee operations at the Barcelona Port Rail Management Centre (CGFB), facilitating the coordination of services between Can Tunis station and the Port of Barcelona's railway terminals. Additionally, it will manage train manoeuvring and operational services.

Under a public domain lease regime, Train Port Barcelona will construct and manage the forthcoming Intermodal Terminal of the Port of Barcelona for 50 years. This facility, spanning 138,000 square meters and requiring a US$24 million investment, will feature a four-track classification yard, two portico cranes, and a container storage area.

Furthermore, the company will operate the La Llagosta Intermodal and Logistics Terminal for 50 years under a lease agreement. This terminal, located 20 kilometres from the port, will undergo significant transformation with an initial investment of US$27 million. The facility will include a four-track classification yard, two portico cranes, and a 145,000 square meters container storage area.

In addition, Train Port Barcelona will hold a minority share in the future Rail Motorway or ferroutage terminal, which will be situated in the old Llobregat riverbed.





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