Adif, manager of the Spanish railway network, has acquired the 13.08% stake that the public land entity (Sepes) holds over the Puerto Seco freight terminal in Madrid. This movement is part of the strategy of the Ministry of Transport to encourage the passage of goods to the train, in addition to integrating this terminal into the network that it already has in the capital and reinforcing its potential and capacity.
This operation is part of the Adif project to integrate the management of the Puerto Seco and Vicálvaro terminals, very close to each other. The railway administrator plans to invest 300 million euros in its comprehensive remodeling, in order to convert both facilities into a large multimodal platform that connects the Atlantic and Mediterranean corridors of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
A dry port is an intermodal freight terminal located in an inland area of a country or region that connects, through the rail network, with one or more seaports. The one in Madrid, located in the municipality of Coslada, is affected by the State Ports and the Port Authorities of the Bay of Algeciras, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia, each with 10.2%, as well as the Community of Madrid (25%) and the City Council of Coslada (10.92%).
More tracks for the Port of Barcelona
The ministry seeks that both terminals are managed jointly and complement each other from the strategic, geographical and operational point of view, with the aim of continuing to promote the growth of rail freight traffic and connect it with state ports. Currently, Adif’s network of strategic logistics nodes is made up of the Madrid-Vicálvaro terminal; the terminals of La Llagosta, Can Tunis and Zal Prat, in Barcelona; Valencia-Fountain of San Luis; Valladolid; Seville-Majarabique; Júndiz, in Vitoria-Gasteiz; and Plaza de Zaragoza.
This operation adds to the recent agreement between Adif and the Barcelona Port Authority to promote the creation of a company to jointly develop and manage the Barcelona railway logistics node through the Train Port company, all with the aim of promoting the transport of rail freight, one of the Government’s priority objectives in the field of transport and sustainability.
Also in the city of Barcelona, the new Intermodal Logistics Terminal of the Port of Barcelona is being accelerated, after the initial approval this week of the Urban Master Plan that will order the railway development of the southern area of the port facility that will achieve a new ferroutage terminal, two for reception and dispatch, and another for loading and unloading. In total, six new terminals will be installed on 68 hectares of land that will serve the Zona Franca, the Pratenc industrial estate or the industries located to the south of Barcelona, among others.