Creation date: January 23, 2013
The European Union will provide support of €1 million from the TEN-T Programme for a project to adapt the internal rail network of the Port of Barcelona in Spain to UIC gauge. On completion, the Port will be able to attract more rail operators and its internal operations will be greatly improved.
The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, involves the construction and adaptation of railway tracks in UIC gauge from the current Iberian gauge. It consists mainly of three activities:
Adaptation to UIC gauge will be done via the insertion of a third rail track between the two existing ones (UIC gauge is narrower than the Iberian one).
Once finalised, the project will allow the Port to improve its internal rail operations (better reliability and less time) and to contribute to the modal shift from road to rail (and thus lowering the environmental impact of the Port itself). It will also allow seamless rail convoy traffic in UIC gauge between the various wharves and ensure the Port is directly connected, via rail, to France.
The project is set to be completed by June 2013.
For more information, please consult the project's page!
Press Release in Spanish - .doc (40 KB)