The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Committee of the European Commission, held in Brussels on Friday 27 September, has selected the list of projects approved to receive funding under the 2019 CEF call for proposals. Five of these projects are railway proposals with Spanish participation.
- Electrification and signalling works in the cross-border section between Guillarei and Tui, on the line linking Vigo and Porto. This project involves work and technical assistance for the electrification of a 6.5 km stretch, increase of the power at concerned substations and implementation of the signalling and safety facilities on that section. These activities are in tender phase and expected to be completed by December 2023, and will contribute substantially to an improved rail connection between Spain and Portugal.
- Pau-Zaragoza cross-border section. Studies and works for the reopening of the Pau-Canfranc-Zaragoza rail line. It includes the studies required for the reopening of the Somport Railway Tunnel as well as the works at the new Canfranc International Railway Station.
- Design and building of the internal rail network in the outer harbour of the Port of Ferrol and implementation of a third line (metre gauge) between the inner harbour and the main city rail station, allowing full intermodality of the facilities.
- Railway development at the Port of Castellón, which includes a first phase at the rail network in the South Basin, a railway bridge and a North rail connection. This project will improve the connections of the Port with its hinterland, encourage sustainability of the logistics chain of goods and promote rail freight transport in the Mediterranean Corridor.
- Development of the internal rail network of the Port of Sagunto, as well as the construction of a Border Inspection Centre that will allow goods imported to the European Union to be inspected. Such project will improve the connections of the Port of Sagunto as an efficient and sustainable point of entry and exit, totally integrated into the Trans-European Transport Network, and connecting the Port by rail with its area of influence and the Mediterranean Corridor.