Entrepreneurs and the governments of Aragon and the Valencian Community join forces to speed up the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor

Entrepreneurs and the governments of Aragon and the Valencian Community join forces to speed up the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor

Businessmen and the governments of Aragon and the Valencian Community have established an alliance to demand that the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor be speeded up as much as possible, considering it a vital railway infrastructure for freight traffic and the progress of both regions. It was this Thursday during a forum held in Zaragoza under the organization of CEOE Aragón and the Business Confederation of the Valencian Community (CEV), an appointment in which the heads of both associations, Miguel Marzo and Salvador Navarro, were present. as well as the autonomous presidents Javier Lambán and Ximo Puig.

Both Marzo and Lambán have focused their claim on the need to speed up the modernization work on the Zaragoza-Teruel-Sagunto route, so that, of the 27 weekly freight trains that circulate at the moment, it will go to 55.

The president of the Generalitat has underlined that the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor “has spent too much time in a drawer”, but “the time of oblivion is over”, and this has been possible “thanks to a century of push by businessmen ”. “Today we can say, as is the case with the Mediterranean Corridor, that the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor is finally serious”, he added.

Ximo Puig has indicated in this sense that the Sagunt-Teruel-Zaragoza line has “a plan, some investments and a calendar”. “We want the works to go faster, yes, but there is no turning back”, has remarked the head of the Consell, who has claimed a look without “centralist myopia”, without “an outdated radiality” and without “mental zero kilometers”.

As it has defended, the central government is deploying this alternative vision “with success and courage”, which has been claimed by territories such as the Valencian Community and Aragón and which is “much more efficient for the economy”. This view, moreover, “inserts Spain in the new Europe of corridors and supposes connecting some maritime facades with others”. It is, in his opinion, “a historic overturn to the radial model that has been shaping Spain for three centuries.”

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The president has supported his demand for the electrification of this line in “an overwhelming statistical reality”, because the Valencian Community, Aragon, Navarra, La Rioja, the Basque Country and Cantabria concentrate 22% of the Spanish population (10 million people ), 30% of industrial GDP, 700,000 companies and 22% of Spanish employmentl”.

For this reason, Ximo Puig has requested that an infrastructure be streamlined “without hesitation” that “exceeds mental Spain and makes real Spain visible” and that is necessary for “profitability, sustainability and the future”. “There is business here; This has been evidenced by the port of Valencia”, since “with a modest investment, we have gone from 2 to more than 40 weekly trains, and the more services improve, the more traffic there will be”, he argued.

He also pointed out that the electrification of the line will prevent emissions and that intermodality will facilitate less polluting transport. “This is how President Lambán and I demanded it in Brussels, together, in 2018, so that the Sagunt-Zaragoza line could access the European financing mechanism”, he recalled.

On the other hand, he has indicated that, with this investment, “we all win”. “Aragón wins options to diversify the traffic of its enormous logistics flow and in Valencia they have the gateway to 1,000 ports around the worldand “the Valencian Community also wins” by completing important connectivity for its positioning as an “investment territory”.

As he has explained, “the arrival of volkswagen It is proof that only with good connections can you compete internationally”, since “Sagunt completes a strategic triangle for Volkswagen, linked to Martorell, by the Mediterranean Corridor, and to Landaben, by the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor”.

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The person in charge of the Generalitat has also pointed out that Volkswagen’s decision, at the same time, reinforces the need to accelerate these two corridors. It is, therefore, “a ‘change of hands’ that obeys logic, not inertia”, which “will intensify a powerful economic nerve that crosses the peninsula”, and which “will attract new opportunities and investments”.

Territorial rebalancing

In this regard, he has insisted that “alliances between governments, between business organizations and between societies are urgently needed”. “It’s time to minimize vacuum cleaners and multiply ‘centers’ throughout the peninsula.” “That will be, in my opinion, the best response to the demographic challenge, the best territorial rebalancing to add more poles with European power”, he emphasized.

Puig has alluded, in short, to the importance of advancing in a “shared agenda” in favor of strategic infrastructures and common industrial, logistical and economic interests that, in addition, also mean fighting against depopulation in large areas of both the Valencian Community and of Aragon.

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