Spanish sidings go big on 750-metre trains

Spanish sidings go big on 750-metre trains
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Adif has committed to upgrade seven sidings on the Zaragoza-Tarragona and Madrid-Barcelona lines to 750 metres.

The project, recently announced by Adif, involves extending the sidings to a length of 750 meters at seven stations: Selgua, Marcén-Poleñino, and Almudévar in Huesca; Juneda and Raimat in Lleida; Fuentes de Ebro in Zaragoza; and La Puebla de Híjar in Teruel. This extension will facilitate the parking and separation of trains of standard length, thereby enhancing the interoperability of the railway network, especially for freight traffic.

Additionally, Adif has allocated EUR 11.1 million for similar expansions at the Chiprana and Nonaspe stations in Zaragoza and the Flix station in Tarragona, further strengthening the Zaragoza-Caspe-Tarragona line. These investments aim to improve the efficiency and reliability of freight train operations along the Madrid-Barcelona corridor and increase rail freight traffic, particularly with the Port of Barcelona. The project is expected to create a synergistic relationship between maritime and rail transport, supporting more sustainable and competitive transportation in the region.

Implementing these 750-meter sidings is part of a collaborative effort between Adif, State Ports, and the Port Authority of Barcelona, funded by the Port Land Accessibility Financial Fund. It will receive European funding as part of the “Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan,” supported by the European Union's NextGenerationEU program.

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