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PortCastelló completes its internal rail network

19 February 2024
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  • The Port Authority finishes work on the marshalling yard at the South Dock
  •  The infrastructure will add value to the land available at this dock
  • The contract was awarded to the Red Ferroviaria Dársena Sur consortium for €5,644,383.09.

19-02-2024. The Port Authority of Castellon has completed the construction of its storage and marshalling yard at the South Dock which will enable dispatch and reception of goods inside the Port of Castellon while also connecting with the rail accesses, the intermodal station and finally with the Mediterranean corridor. The contract was awarded to the Red Ferroviaria Dársena Sur consortium for €5,644,383.09.

The internal marshalling yard is made up of two mixed gauge tracks and can handle trains up to 400 metres long. “It is a strategic infrastructure which will enable us to increase exports in both bulk and general cargo along with the inflow of more freight,” commented the Chairman of the Port Authority of Castellon, Rubén Ibáñez.

This internal marshalling yard will further cement PortCastelló’s goal of bolstering its hinterland and partnering dry ports such as the ones in Aragon which at present ship their goods via other ports due to the absence of rail connections with the Port of Castellon.

The project also included channelling the waterway that collected the flows from four irrigation channels which affected the development of the railway platform into a 22.40 metre wide, three-metre-high canal.

This project was conducted in lockstep with the railway accesses which are to connect the Port of Castellon with the Mediterranean corridor. As noted by Rubén Ibáñez, these initiatives taken as a whole will foster rail freight traffic in PortCastelló as a more efficient, competitive and sustainable transport alternative.

Work on the external intermodal station is scheduled to begin in the next few months and will be completed in 2026 under European guidelines. This station will be able to cater for trains of up to 750 metres to run on its eight mixed-gauge tracks.

The internal railway network’s technical specifications:

The railway platform is double gauge (Iberian and UIC) and consists of two parallel tracks 621 and 560 metres in length respectively, together with two turnouts (at the beginning and end of the yard).

A container yard storage area measuring 475 metres by 26 metres has been planned next to the railway platform, including the necessary space for the reachstacker cranes to manoeuvre as well as access roads for transfers to and from the aforementioned platform. This gives a concrete paved area covering some 16,650 m2.

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