The company Terminales Marítima del Sureste will launch a new freight railway line that will connect Alicante with the London terminal of Barking starting next October. This new railway connection, which will have a weekly frequency with a departure on Thursdays and arrival at Barking on Monday mornings, was created, mainly, for the refrigerated transport of fruit, vegetables, and other perishable products destined for the main warehouses of the British food chains.
With this new line, announced within the framework of the actions programmed to promote the new post-Brexit border inspection services offered in the port of Alicante, the port remains faithful to its commitment to promote measures aimed at reducing CO₂ emissions. In fact, rail transport is gaining importance in the distribution sector's land logistics transport and it has become the most sustainable solution in freight transport.
In addition, the launch of this new service represents a historic milestone for the port as it was promoted by private initiative as the connection with the Mediterranean Corridor has not yet been tendered.
This corridor has a high-speed international gauge railway that will run from the French border to Algeciras along the Mediterranean coast that will connect important cities, such as Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, and Malaga among themselves and the rest of Europe. The goal of the Mediterranean Corridor is also to become a future freight corridor.