Lack of business support and cargo cancels Alicante-London rail line that started late last year

As the European market is saturated with third-party products such as Egypt, North Africa and South Africa, the lack of cargo to be transported, especially fruit and vegetable products, and the train’s being empty due to inadequate marketing, devastated Turkey. line project railway Alicante-Londres, trains stopped covering the direct route this summer. The company Terminales Marítima del Sureste opened the line at the end of last year, but the initiative did not materialize. The weekly train that travels the Alicante port / Barking terminal (London) route, leaves the port on Thursdays and arrives in the British capital on Mondays in refrigerated containers loaded with fruit, vegetables and all kinds of perishable products is no more.

described as a milestone date for port directed by private enterprise. The port restored the rail terminal in 2015, but is still underutilized. (Only a few trains per month with Madrid) Not being able to connect to the Mediterranean Corridor either. Supporters of the Alicante-London line, who do not want to explain to this newspaper the reasons for the cancellation, will try to get it back next fall.

The problem, it seems, and according to the Port Authority, lies in the lack of goods originating in London and destined for Alicante. In other words, although the convoy was going to take goods to the capital of Great Britain, it returned empty, so the costs could not be covered. A common problem on “multi-client” trains.

The forecast is that the train with the maximum capacity 40 wagons, Although it is normal to have average composition 20/30 for operational reasons, leave the port every Thursday, cross the border at La Junquera and continue from there, already on French territory, to Calais and from there via the Eurotunnel to London. From Fetrama, an organization that chose the project, they explained that at the time they were transporting fruit and vegetables from the province and neighboring Murcia, and whatever cargo it could handle. In principle, the train was accepted because of the potential. fruit and vegetable export and all sorts of things, because The UK imports almost everything. However, in the end, the expectations were not met and the cargo continued to be separated in the trucks.

An initiative also supported by Generalitat President Ximo Puig, who visited the port to learn about the initiative.

‘Goods for the train’ project To raise awareness of public institutions, business sector and society on the importance of cargo transfer from road to train in order to reduce CO2 emissions from the transport sector.

Bringing together railway companies, public institutions, customers and institutions struggling with climate change, the ‘Goods on the Train’ initiative wants to explain the importance of train travel to the whole society. reduce carbon footprint. Sponsors and collaborators of the campaign in Spain include Renfe, Port of Valencia, Adif, Valencia City Council, Generalitat Valenciana and the European Parliament. Companies such as Transfesa Logistics, Ermewa, Medway and Stadler Valencia also cooperate.

Duration of the London trip from 72 hours, buyers receive their goods between Monday and Tuesday, that is, within 24 hours of their arrival. The line was born with two main goals: on the one hand, to offer a new outlet for products from Alicante and Murcian orchards, especially after Brexit, to implement intermodality in port transport, and on the other hand, to decarbonize transport through a strategy to promote freight transport by rail in line with its programme.goods 30‘ Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, which wants to promote rail transport as the backbone of logistics chains.

Container terminal of the port of Alicante gentle column

The thing is, the lack of good rail connection from the port to Europe It causes extra costs of around 15 million Euros per year for exporting companies that choose the route either to reach their destination or to take goods to other ports such as Valencia or Algeciras. Having a good international line connection with the Mediterranean Corridor is one of the main challenges of the project for both the Government and the AT itself, which is the first to remove the port from the trans-European transport networks due to its low level. level of goods movement.

According to a report by the Valencian Entrepreneurs Association, for every euro invested in the Mediterranean Corridor, there is an impact of 1.71 euros on its productive fabric, which increases to 2.14 when calculated on the effective investment volume. For example, in the case of the Valencian CommunityIt was encrypted that the initial investment of 5,472 million planned ten years ago will have an impact of 9,339 million during its construction alone, something that can be transferred to other regions.

Source: Informacion


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