The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has put out to tender the remodelling of the port’s East Dock track yard for the development of a rail motorway.
The aim of this project is the execution of the civil works and installations necessary for the subsequent implementation of a gantry crane.
This gantry crane is expected to enable the operation of a new combined transport terminal capable of loading and unloading lorry semi-trailers between the road and the railway track at the Port of Valencia.
The planned civil works consists of the foundations of the two rails on which the gantry crane will move for the loading and unloading operations of semi-trailers on the rail motorway, as well as the installations associated with the implementation of the gantry crane.
In addition, the lighting of the work area and adjacent areas and low voltage for the gantry’s power sockets will be carried out.
The project also includes the replacement of a series of services affected by these foundations, mainly due to the excavation associated with the foundations of the rail located next to the current terminals.
The planned execution period is six months, PAV reported.
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A rail motorway is a combined transport system in which lorry semi-trailers are transported by rail, which requires specific rolling stock and terminals to allow the flow and interaction between the two modes of transport.
The PAV reported that with this initiative, the port facilities will be provided with the necessary infrastructure so that, under free competition, operators can opt for the operation of the Railway Freeway in which to carry out the transfer of cargo between road-rail transport modes.
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The basic tender budget amounts to almost €3 million ($3.27 million) and companies can submit their bids until 8 May at 1.00 pm.
This project is financed by the European Union’s Next Generation funds and the Spanish government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
In December 2022, the Port of Valencia announced it will commit €1.56 billion ($1.64 billion) to a new container terminal.