Marta Miralpeix, Consultor in Innovation and Transport / Logistics at Institut Cerdà, participated in the Tribune on the Development of the Southern Sector of the FERRMED rail Axis held on 13th April in Malaga. The event was attended by leading experts from the European Union and North Africa that have examined the goods transportation problems of the Mediterranean Railway Corridor and have presented proposals and recommendations to the public administrations of the relevant communities. Representatives of the major European transport and logistics companies also attended the event, as did agents of the most important European ports of the Mediterranean.
Marta Miralpeix presented the potential socio-economic, environmental and energy related benefits that would result from the construction of a coastal railway to complete the Mediterranean rail corridor in the Southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. Amongst these, she highlighted the following: reduced travel time and operating costs due to the shift from road to rail of both of goods and passengers worth 500 million Euros; greenhouse gases emissions reductions worth 7.24 million Euros; and energy savings worth 133.06 million Euros.
FERRMED is a European, multi-sectoral, association created to improve European competitiveness by means of a north-south rail corridor connecting the areas of greatest economic and logistics activity in Europe. For over ten years, FERRMED has been campaigning for increased investment to cover the 1,300 km of this railway axis between Algeciras and the French border. The purpose of this Tribune, FERRMED, was to petition for greater commitment by the Spanish government.
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