Port of Valencia maintains high volume of rail freight transportation

Port of Valencia maintains high volume of rail freight transportation

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has maintained its strategic commitment to promoting rail freight transportation.

Recently released figures from the Port of Valencia convey that trains continue to operate in the port at full speed.

So far in 2023, PAV has recorded 2,180 trains (an average of 87 per week), 45,311 waggons, 498 metres in average length, 116,792 TEU, 30,642 cars, and 1,154,072 tonnes of merchandise.

All of these statistics have a higher value than in 2022. PAV credits its success to factors such as efficiency and intermodality.

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Joan Calabuig, President of PAV, said: “The railway is a key element in the structure of movements of the Port of Valencia, as the data show.

“Our objective is to continue increasing this traffic quota, betting on the train, the long-distance lines and the improvement of the infrastructures of our inland network.

“A commitment that not only translates into the Valencian precinct but also includes the Port of Sagunto with works that are progressing at a good pace to provide this precinct with a direct rail service.”

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Every week there are more trains that are longer with more wagons that carry larger amounts of goods and containers.

The average length of the trains is 495 metres, up from 493 metres the previous year. The overall number of TEU reached 116,792, an increase of 8 per cent over the same time the previous year, or 8,556 more containers.

In terms of cargo, total rail traffic entering or departing the Port of Valencia was 1,154,072 tonnes, an 11 per cent increase over the first half of 2022.

A total of 45,311 waggons have been deployed for this purpose, indicating a 10 per cent increase. PAV also stated that the railway controlled 30,642 vehicles during this time period, which was four times higher than the previous year.

In August 2023, PAV contracted technical help for site management, health and safety coordination as part of the project for the construction of the Port of Sagunto’s inner rail network.

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