Tonight starts the railway connection between Madrid and the Port of Cadiz

The first train will arrive tomorrow at 7:23 a.m. at the logistics terminal in Jerez with cargo for the ships from the Canary Islands.

At 21:30 this evening the railway connection between Madrid and the Port of Cadiz begins. The first train is scheduled to arrive tomorrow Saturday at 7:23 a.m. at the Jerez de la Frontera railway logistics terminal, loaded with 33 carriages destined for the Port of Cadiz, to where they will be transported by lorry. Once in the dock of Cadiz the merchandise will embark in the ship José María Entrecanales, of Trasmediterránea, that will depart to the Canary Islands at 15 hours. As it is known, the Port Authority was awarded Adif’s contract for the management of services and marketing of the goods transport terminal in Jerez de la Frontera, calling for a tender to subrogate the service to a private operator. The company CONCASA, which also holds the concession for the container terminal, was awarded the contract and will be in charge of providing the service. The logistic operator that promotes the train is the company Tratansa, belonging to the Travelport Group; betting on Renfe for the provision of the railway service. The valorisation of the Jerez freight terminal is part of the strategic objective of improving the connectivity and intermodality of the Port of the Bay of Cadiz, favouring the competitiveness of the logistics chains that operate through the Port, and represents an interesting logistical alternative for the companies that operate in the province of Cadiz, awaiting the completion of the railway link works both to the port of Cadiz, through the Seville-Cadiz line, and through the construction and commissioning of the railway branch to the dock of the Cabezuela-Puerto Real.

The terminal has a surface area of 12,500 m2 of tracks for logistical use, as well as two non-electrified tracks (track 8 of 595 m and track 10 of 555 m) on which to carry out these operations. The terminal offers the service of loading and unloading Intermodal Transport Units (ICUs) to railway companies and other candidates who request it, in accordance with the conditions and maximum fares approved by the successful bidder, as provided for in Law 38/2015 on the Railway Sector. It may also provide, on a commercial basis, other services associated with freight logistics, such as the storage and deposit of UTIs (except for hazardous materials), cleaning and repair of UTIs, inspection, customs services, management and/or contracting of haulage and commercial train invoicing. It is expected that at 16:30 in the morning the train with cargo coming from the port will return to Madrid. In the first phase, there will be a weekly return service between Madrid and the Port of Cadiz, although the objective is to reach three trains a week.