Starting date: February 2019
End date: December 2023
Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona
Total eligible costs:
2018 Multiannual Call
The action of the global project aims to launch an innovative multimodal combined transport service between Barcelona and Paris (Rungis), offering a sustainable, innovative, efficient and reliable multimodal solution to shift semi-trailers from the road to the rail.
The aim of the Action is to build two multimodal terminals, one in Barcelona and the other in Rungis, to implement a rail motorway service between these cities in order to meet the increasing freight service demand in the proposed corridor
For Barcelona, the Action involves the construction of a new rail motorway terminal to transport trailers on the surface of the former Llobregat riverbed. The Port of Barcelona will conduct the necessary preparations in order to adequate the land prior to construction.
As a result of this Action, around 14 ha of land is expected to be adapted which will be used for the future rail motorway terminal, as well as the construction of approximately 1.3 km of new railway (single track) in Iberian width and UIC between the aforementioned land and Terminal C.
The main objectives of the Action are:
• Optimisation of two TENT-T Corridors (Mediterranean and North Sea-Mediterranean) and partially the Core Network Dijon – Paris to ensure tail transportation as a substitute to road.
• Elimination of bottlenecks in the cross-border section between France and Spain, specifically in the location of La Jonquera. Overcoming bottlenecks that exist in the border between France and Spain would be the most significant challenge in the optimisation of the Mediterranean Corridor.
• Improvement of the interoperability and connection between France and Spain. There exists a rail gauge difference due to different railway standards between the involved countries and is a well-known obstacle for the development for cross-border rail traffic.
• To reduce environmental impact, carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.