The Spanish Council of Ministers has authorized the signing of two agreements for the development of the New Southern Rail Access to the Port of Barcelona, ranking first in the country in terms of rail freight traffic handled, with 2.6 million tonnes in 2015.
One of the agreements regulates the financial contribution totaling EUR 149.8 million, of which of which EUR 77.2 million will be provided by rail infrastructure manager ADIF and EUR 72.6 million by the Port Authority, financed under the Financing Fund for Land Accessibility. In 2013, the Ministry of Public Works, Government of Catalonia, Adif, State-owned Spanish Ports, the Barcelona Port Authority (APB) and Catalan Government Railways (FGC) signed a protocol laying the foundation for cooperation for the construction of a new rail access to the south of the port, in mixed width, standard European UIC and conventional, foreseeing its further development through various agreements.
In addition, the New Southern Rail and Road Access to the Port of Barcelona – Phase 2 – Connection Works project received EUR 36.1 million EU financial assistance under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), following the calls for proposals launched in 2014.
Under the second agreement the Catalan Government Railways (FGC) transfers a 2 km railway section to ADIF, to be included in the Rail Network of General Interest (RFIG) managed by ADIF and integrated for use in the new access to Port of Barcelona.