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EU to support Motorways of the Sea link between Spain and the UK

Date: 14/09/2012

The European Union will grant over €7 million to a project aimed at improving the Motorways of the Sea connections between the ports of Bilbao, Spain and Tilbury, United Kingdom. The project seeks to encourage modal shift to sea transport by improving infrastructure in order to foster co-modality.

The "IBUK"- Intermodal Corridor” project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, aims to further develop the sea links between Spain and the United Kingdom by improving the infrastructure of the two ports involved. The main objective is to increase modal shift from road to rail in Spain by improving the infrastructure situation of the El Prado logistics terminal next to the port of Bilbao. In parallel, the port of Tilbury will also be upgraded to ensure it is able to handle the forecast future increase in freight from its Spanish counterpart. It is anticipated that over 225M km will be removed from road to short sea over a 15-year period with the aim of eliminating existing bottlenecks within the current road freight route between Spain and the UK.

At Tilbury, the grant will allow the container terminal to be redeveloped, including new cranes, straddle carriers, a new bespoke IT system and surfacing work.
In Bilbao, the funding will be used for a railhead expansion, connecting to an inland rail terminal 120 km from the port for the transfer of cargo, and investment in new IT systems.

An innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system will also be developed as a pilot to allow the involved stakeholders to share real time information.

The project, which will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency, contributes to the realisation of TEN-T Priority Project 21 (Motorways of the Sea) and is set to be completed by the end of 2014.

For more information, please consult the following project's page:

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