Project description and objectives:

Nowadays, Europe features a heterogeneous network comprised of roads, ports, rails and other communication lines. Lacking a cohesive network diminishes the efficiency in the transportation of goods. Upon acknowledging this reality, a proposal comes forward: the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), aiming at transforming Europe into a united, sustainable and efficient transport network. A network connecting all European centres and their hinterlands; connecting Europe in its entirety. Divided in two levels, the Global Network is set for 2050, and the Basic Network for 2030.

The Basic Network focuses on developing a multimodal transport network comprised of hubs and multimodal connections links, which, through a strong infrastructure, will connect all European countries through a unified network, therefore improving their competitiveness. The Mediterranean Corridor is part of the global RTE-T project. Building on the Mediterranean Corridor, the CLYMA project arises.

The CLYMA project centres on analysing the transportation of goods within a segment of the Mediterranean Corridor: the Lyon-Madrid axe (a line comprised of 14 points of the Basic Network). It is a section with a heavy road transportation volume, a big part of which could be done via multimodal transport, were there an appropriated network prepared for it. Therefore, it will free up space on the roads. The Lyon-Madrid axe is already operational, with its inefficiencies and constraints, and its small scale study will allow the identification of whatever is necessary to successfully implement the Corridor on a big scale. The aim of the CLYMA project is to undertake the necessary studies in order to analyse the problems and develop a management structure for the Corridor. The project focuses on studying the management, conceptualisation, environmental aspects, efficient management, infrastructures, IT and implementation. It seeks to help in building an integrated transports corridor, which provides a better interoperability among the different means of transport, in a seamless and sustainable manner. The results of these studies will be the foundation for the development of the structure for the rest of the Corridor, as well as allowing a faster execution of other RTE-T projects.

Conducted activities:

The Action has been articulated in eight activities:

Activity 1. Analysis of the current and future situation of the Madrid – Lyon axis.
Activity 2. Studies for the development of an intermodal corridor.
Activity 3. Creating an intermodal management structure for the Madrid–Lyon axis in the Mediterranean corridor.
Activity 4. Development of the concept of "green corridor" in the axis Madrid - Lyon Mediterranean corridor.
Activity 5. Development of a strategic plan for ICT integration among the Axis agents.
Activity 6. Strategic development actions on the Lyon-Madrid axis.
Activity 7. Promotion of Madrid-Lyon Axis.
Activity 8. Management and Organisation.

APB participation:

The APB has led the CLYMA project. As Project manager, it has coordinated the Action development and has been actively involved in the realisation of the various studies and analysis.

Summary of the results achieved:

· Development of a demand study on the Madrid-Lyon Axis.
· Catalogue of intermodal terminals and associated services along the axis.
· Report compiled on the current state of existing limitations in UIC gauge in rail connection.
· Identified the needs of terminals and services that allow for the development of an efficient and competitive intermodal supply.
· Management assessment of the Lyon-Madrid axis: current and future situation.
· Design of a Management Model: for the Axis and for the Corridor.
· Technical diagnosis of the Lyon-Madrid axis infrastructure.
· Elaboration of the CLYMA intermodal Action Plan.
· Pilot Action on Rail infrastructure coordination in port environments.
· Benchmarking of rail-port intermodal models of reference in Europe.
· Recommendations for the definition of a government structure for the Madrid-Lyon axis.
· Proposition for a standardized system to measure the sustainability of transport services on the corridor.
· Green corridor development of the Lyon-Madrid axis: Integration of "greening objectives" into a future corridor development plan.
· Green corridor manual for the Lyon-Madrid axis.
· Developed an ECOCalculator for calculating CO2 emissions and other pollutants in the Madrid–Lyon axis.
· The development of a global analysis for e-freight requirements among agents and administrations.
· Constructive projects undertaken:
- Accesses to the Ports of Barcelona and Tarragona: development of a constructive project for the internal connections.
- As a consequence of the development of the CLYMA project, the Port of Barcelona submitted a proposal for the New rail and road access to the Port of Barcelona (INEA) to the Call for proposals 2014 of the CEF Programme, which was approved.
- Enlargement and treatment works in TMZ.
- As an outcome of these studies, tmZ applied for funds in the Call for proposals 2014 of the CEF Programme.
· Study of the implementation of a Rail Motorway (Lorry-Rail) station in Zaragoza and Tarragona.
· Case study: implementation of a multiclient freight train, with origin in Zaragoza and Germany as destination.
· Analysed the conditions for creating and developing rail motorway on the axis mitigating bottlenecks on the rail axis Madrid – Lyon.
· Created a website for promotion and information of the Mediterranean Corridor. Initially centred on the Madrid – Lyon axis, and extensible to the rest of the corridor.
· Project brochure in four languages (Catalan, English, French, and Spanish).
· Summary book of the project.
· Report on Cross bordering problems.
· 3 newsletters created and sent.
· 18 public presentations were done in 14 cities.
· The project was also represented in 8 fairs and congresses in 6 different cities.
· The CLYMA has being presented in SIL Barcelona 2016 logistics fair and in TEN-T Days 2016 in Rotterdam.

You may find here the studies summaries.


Project proposal: 2012-ES-91157-P

Agreement Number: C(2013) 9161 – Final, del 9.12.2013

Project planning:

Starting date:
15th March 2013

End date:
31st December 2015

Status: Completed.


Total eligible costs:

2,558,000.00 €

TEN-T contribution:

1,279,000.00 €

TEN-T funding:


APB funding:


States involved:

France and Spain.


Project leader:

Autoritat Portuaria de Barcelona

Support Program:

TEN-T Banner 

2012 Multiannual call

Project partners:

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Autoritat Portuaria de Tarragona, Portic, Terminal Marítima de Zaragoza, ALIA, MP2 y VIIA.

Links of interest:

CLYMA website
CLYMA projet INEA website

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