The Autonomous Community of the Basque Country and Valencia in 4 hours by Cantabrian-Mediterranean High-speed New Corridor
The Ministry of Public Works José Blanco presented yesterday in Zaragoza the results of the functional review of the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Railway Corridor. This is one of the prime bets of the Strategy Plan of Infrastructure and Transport to shape a leading transversal axis that modifies the traditionally radial geometry of the current network.
Attending the meeting were also the presidents of the Basque Autonomous Region, Navarre and Cantabria, as well as the Councillor for Public Works of Castilla y León, the Councillor for Infrastructure and Transport of the Valencian Community and the Councillor for Housing and Public Works of La Rioja.
The line connects the Mediterranean Corridor with the Cantabrian one through Teruel, Zaragoza and Ebro axis. The connection with the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country will take place along two corridors: one across Logroño and another one across Pamplona, extending to Santander from Bilbao.
In addition, the future railway corridor will have a high-performance line and features that will enable mixed traffic without the current line's restrictions. The corridor features a high potential regarding freight transport due to its high industry presence and six worldwide harbours (Valencia, Sagunto, Castellón, Pasajes and Santander).
The final goal is to gain ground over other means of transport, such as the road or airplane, which pollute much more and depend on the use of fossil fuel. This is, in short, a way to plan a more sustainable and efficient means of transport.
By the end of the year the performances corresponding to all the sections of the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor will be operating.
The new corridor will enable to cut journey trips to less than the half: