The Department of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility will convene in the coming weeks the mixed commission in charge of validating the functional study of the intermodal station of the port of Castellón. It is the necessary prior step to the construction project of this infrastructure, the construction of which will be fully assumed by the Castellón Port Authority with an investment of close to 21 million euros.
The president of the Castellón Port Authority, Rafa Simó, has assured that it is an important step for the competitiveness of the business fabric of the entire province and of PortCastelló. “The intermodal station will attract more companies interested in operating in the port of Castellón”, which currently ranks third in solid bulk in the Spanish port system.
For his part, the Minister Arcadi Spain has indicated that “all the procedures will be streamlined so that this productive infrastructure can be included in the Recovery Plan of the government of Spain”.
This has been agreed in the working meeting held by both positions, and in which they have been accompanied by the director of the port, Ana Ulloa, and the director of Ports, Airports and Coasts, María Luisa Martínez.
The functional study determines how the infrastructure is dimensioned so that it can carry the load foreseen in the demand study. The station will have 30 hectares, will have a mixed UIC and Iberian gauge, with electrified 750 meter loading and unloading lanes and direct connection in both directions. The main destinations of the trains that will depart from the station are Madrid, Andalusia and Catalonia at the national level, and France, Germany and Italy at the international level.
On the other hand, the president of the Port Authority has reported on the planned investments in rail matters worth 190 million euros, in reference to the southern accesses and the internal connection between docks and that will place the port of Castellón among the best connected of the port system. For his part, the Minister has highlighted the diversification of PortCastelló traffic as one of its great strengths. “It is also a port that grows in a sustainable way and listening to its environment.”
After the meeting, the delegation made a visit to the Noatum terminal in the port of Castellón.