The Port Authority will invest a million euros to ensure that plans for this vital infrastructure go ahead.
Drawing up the construction project for the southern railway access to the port of Castellón will commence on September 19th of this month. This is as a result of the meetings held between the president of the Port Authority of Castellón, Francicsco Toledo and the Managing Director of the port of Castellón, Roberto Arzo, with representitives from Adif (Administration of Railway Infrastructure) and the engineering company Ineco, a company that forms a part of the Ministry of Public Works and is currently working all over the world.
The objective of these meetings was to ensure that work on this infrastructure, on which the growth of the port and the ability to compete depend, goes ahead. It has therefore been agreed that the Port Authority will the responsibility of hiring specialists to draw up the project , at a cost of 978,415 euros within 9 months. Ineco will provide specialised technical assistance through a management assignment, which is a way of speeding up administrative procedures since it is is not necessary to put the them out for public tender.
The president of the Port Authority is confident that this work will be carried out in the stipulated time frame and that the document will be completed in June of next year and included in the General State Budget of 2019. The project already includes a declaration of the environmental impact so the president forecasts that construction will be able to start the same year.
The railway line will be eight kilometres long, from the South Basin to the connection with the Mediterranean Corridor which has both Iberian and International gauges and complete electrification. This new line will substitute the current northern rail access which runs through the the town of El Grao in rather precarious conditions and more than 19 level crossings. Following the instructions of Adif, it is planned to draw up at least four different construction projects.
Francisco Toledo has stated that the southern rail access is a priority for the port of Castellón “because it guarantees the connection to the Mediterranean Corridor and because of the extraordinary growth in traffic that the port is currently seeing and because of the steady growth and development of the South Basin.”
The agreement was signed on the 31st of August by Isaac Martin representing Ineco and Francisco Toledo president of the Port Authority of Castellón.