The Mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, and the President of FERRMED, Joan Amorós, along with the Regional Secretary for Housing, Public Works and Infrastructure, Lluís Ferrando, and the Commissioner for the Mediterranean Corridor, Josep Vicent Boira, participated in the institutional opening of the Conference, "The Mediterranean corridor and its impact on metropolitan railway networks of the large urban nodes", organised by FERRMED in the Veles e Vents building of Valencia Marina.
“It is our duty as public leaders to serve the interests of the citizens that we represent and, therefore, we must demand that Central Government expeditiously invest in the Mediterranean corridor and enable its integration in cities, for example with the undergrounding of lines in Valencia. We cannot afford to be isolated from the European environment and settle for infrastructure built more than a century ago”, said Ribó.
In addition, the Mayor stressed that “a Mediterranean corridor constructed around the cities” is needed and insisted that these symposiums organised by FERRMED serve to “call for the [development of the] Mediterranean Corridor to connect the big cities of the Mediterranean and link them with the rest of Europe.”
For his part, the President of FERRMED, Joan Amorós, argued that “València is the great capital of the Mediterranean Corridor in the Iberian Peninsula...We have to ensure that in this city there is a large intermodal station where we can transport the trucks on the train for long distances".
"We cannot allow that year after year the dates are pushed back”, The President of FERRMED, Joan Amorós, continued. “Earlier this year, there was talk of having the international gauge to Murcia by September 2020, but in September the Minister said that it would be 2021.
“We cannot allow that in 2021 we only have a ‘fix’ to enable the international gauge to reach Valencia and to the south in a precarious way, we have to demand that by 2021 all the technical studies for the splitting of the line are completed, because then it takes another 8 or 9 years to execute it.”
Amorós also reflected that "we cannot demand that France build twin lines between Perpignan and Montpellier, if the same is not done between Barcelona and Valencia". Between 16,000 and 18,000 trucks run daily between Valencia and Barcelona, “all by road”, he said, something that was considered unsustainable. “We have to get trucks on the train in Valencia, just as we do with the boats".
For this reason, he has demanded a "full study of the whole development of the corridor, as was done in 2011 (by the Socialist Government) and was later parked. With the change of Government (to the Popular Party) the project was called a pharaonic project, and of the more than 50 billion planned investment only 30 remained and so we are left with no splitting of the lines; this can not be tolerated".
"Given there is a double line from Tarragona to Andalusia passing through Madrid, why is it that in an area where 50% of Spanish economic activity happens, there is not the same?" asked Amorós.
These symposia serve as a meeting point between managers, regional planners of infrastructure, railway companies and businesses users, with the common goal of finding innovative solutions to improve and standardise movement of goods and passengers in the most important urban regions.
THE FERRMED SYMPOSIUM
Speaking at the technical opening session were the president of FERRMED, Joan Amorós, the dean of the Official College of Industrial Engineers of the Valencian
Community, Salvador Puigdengolas, the deputy director-general of the Port Authority of Valencia, Manuel Guerra; and the vice president of FERRMED for Spain and
president of PROAVE, Federico Félix.
There followed a round table session entitled "Most important challenges and principal solutions for the urban areas of the Mediterranean Corridor", led by the
commissioner for the Mediterranean Corridor, Josep Vicent Boira; the Project Director of Barcelona Regional, Jordi Fuster; the project manager of Promalaga, Jesús
Terrazas; the manager of València Parque Central, Salvador Martínez; and the delegate general of La Transalpine, Stéphane Guggino.
In the afternoon a debate took place on the opinion of employers and shippers, with the participation of the Director of Economics Area of Foment del Treball, Salvador William; the Logistics Director of of Primaflor - Port Rail Almazora, José Luis Prieto; and Francisco Martínez, head of railways at Ford.
Finally, a discussion was held on the opinion of the ports, facilitated by the Director of Strategy at the Port of Barcelona, Jordi Torrent; the head of the Intermodal Exploitation Unit of the port of Castellón, Eva Sánchez Barcaiztegui; the Director of Corporate Development of the Port of Tarragona, Joan Basora; the head of planning of
the Port of Valencia, Juan Manuel Díez; and the Port of Marseille sent a report.
We attach the following audiovisual materials: three photographs and a voice recording of Mr Amorós. https://we.tl/t-a08xKu7LLy
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