New train corridor connecting Andalucia with Europe

The European Commission today approved the holding of five Spanish train corridors included in the design of the trans-European network should be operational by 2030. The Mediterranean Corridor, which originally included the province of Malaga, now appears to go from Almeria and Sevilla across the north of Andalucia to Antequera / Bobadilla.

The Mediterranean corridor, with an investment of 19,424 million euros, and is constituted as a multi-use corridor, both road and rail, which connect the French border to the main transport nodes in four regions of Spain along the Mediterranean Coast.

This set of infrastructure projects will connect the French border with Algeciras, via Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena and Almeria, and will have a transverse axis between Granada and Antequera, where it forks to finish in Seville. All major ports along the mediterrean will connect to the new network (Barcelona, Tarragona, Castellón, Sagunto, Valencia, Alicante, Cartagena, Almeria, Malaga and Algeciras, etc.) and will feature the development of the Guadalquivir river corridor to the port of Sevilla

Along the Mediterranean Corridor, the European Commission has also approved the Central Corridor, the Atlantic Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor and the Atlantic Mediterranean Corridor. With these investments, Spain will get to perform the necessary infrastructure works to achieve a comprehensive network for both passenger and freight transport.

In all, Spain will invest 49,800 million euros between 2014-2020, in carrying out the works.

Development sources have indicated that this investment will take place under the state budget will mean an average cost of 7,000 million euros annually, which must be added between 10 and 20% of 31,700 million euros that contribute to a Europe-wide European Funds.

Spanish Article: Diario Sur

2 Responses to “New train corridor connecting Andalucia with Europe”

  1. Kate Andrews says:

    This is fantastic news! The Spanish rail network, operated by Renfe, is already proving to be wildly successful and has reduced the impact of domestic airlines within Spain. Not to mention creating jobs and setting the Spanish economy back on track (excuse the pun). Extending the network will hopefully make high-speed trains more attractive for international travellers. The challenge now is to open up the booking system to travellers from elsewhere and make it easier to research and book these trains online.

  2. Miguel Perez says:

    Totally agree with you, the potential benefit to businesses is immense. Especially to smaller businesses desperate to compete. These are the kind of projects all European governments need to implement to improve their economies. Well done to Spain.

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