Spanish port urges construction of railway links to Madrid and Zaragoza

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Amid a continuous growth in rail freight volumes, the Spanish port of Huelva says it wants to have a rail freight link connecting it with Madrid and Zaragoza.

Spanish port urges construction of railway links to Madrid and Zaragoza
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The Spanish cargo and fishing port of Huelva and leading rail freight transport operator Renfe Mercancías is in discussions about building a Huelva – Madrid – Zaragoza railway highway. The plan is supported by the main shipping operators and transport companies working in the port.

In 2020, the port carried out more than 2,000 railway operations of handling various forms of cargo (containers, tankers and bulk carriers), which is why the place could become a reference port in the European South Atlantic regarding the global movement of goods by rail, explains the Port Authority in a press release.

“The collaboration between the port of Huelva and the railway operators is essential to speed up the intermodal transport of goods, since in the diversification strategy of the Port of Huelva the railway sector plays a fundamental role and Renfe Mercancías is the largest railway operator in Huelva,” said the president of the port of Huelva, Pilar Miranda.

The intermodal strategy of the Port of Huelva is fundamentally based on rail as the most sustainable and efficient land transport mode with a capacity more compatible with the high volumes of cargo handled in maritime transport.

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