The new Iberian gauge railway highway that covers the section between Valencia and Madrid will be operational in the last quarter of 2023. This was announced by the executive director of ADIF Logistics Services, Luis Vicente Moreno Espí, at the round table of the II Conference business Rail Transport: The present and future of rail freight transport in Spain organized by elEconomista.es in collaboration with IE.
Several representatives of different companies related to logistics and transport were present at the colloquium, who shared their concerns about the intermodality of freight transport that combines road or maritime transport with rail.
In this sense, Diego Ruigómez García-Valenzuela, general director of Containerships at CMA CGM, assured that “many companies have been betting on this for many years, although the market share is very low, we must be optimistic. All the actors are aligned in a final objective l”
In the same line, he spoke, the general director of Marcotran, David Raposo, who assured that his company’s commitment to this model is clear: “The alignment of all the agents makes the convictions that we have had for many years come together . It is very important because in the end, a company like ours has been investing in railway material for 30 years,” he stressed.
The railway operators are also aligned with this change in the combined land freight transport model. Joaquín del Moral Salcedo, general director of Renfe Mercancías, reiterated that “it is a very sweet moment” for this change and assured that it is accelerating “due to the pressure to reduce the carbon footprint in transport, which is necessary”.
For his part, Juan Fernández, president of Rail and Truck, highlighted the collaborative environment between the public administration and transport companies. He also exemplified the business model of his company: “It is a model that provides a new way of understanding the more collaborative transport of goods by rail.”