Brussels Ponders Motril Train

The Central Government has finally put forward a Granada-Motril rail link to the EU to be included within the Red Transeuropea de Transportes (TEN-T).

MOT Motril-Granada Rail Link 01It has taken the combined pressure from the Costa Tropical, business sector and politicians of all colours to push Madrid to do this.

When we say the Costa Tropical, business sector we should really say the provincial business sector and even including that belonging to Jaén who would also benefit greatly from a nearby port outlet for their products.

It is much cheaper to move bulk by rail than by road, plus the fact that the contamination produced by a single train is much less than the equivalent fleet of lorries to move the same cargo.

Now it depends on Brussels whether they will include this very important rail link for the province. If they don’t, then one distant day it will come about, but with national funding instead of EU funding.

The socialist Euro MP, Clara Aguilera, defined this decision as only the “first step but a crucial one.”

To quote from Wikipedia: “The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is a planned network of roads, railways, airports and water infrastructure in the European Union. The TEN-T network is part of a wider system of Trans-European Networks (TENs), including a telecommunications network (eTEN) and a proposed energy network (TEN-E or Ten-Energy). The European Commission adopted the first action plans on trans-European networks in 1990.

TEN-T envisages coordinated improvements to primary roads, railways, inland waterways, airports, seaports, inland ports and traffic management systems, providing integrated and intermodal long-distance, high-speed routes. A decision to adopt TEN-T was made by the European Parliament and Council in July 1996.The EU works to promote the networks by a combination of leadership, coordination, issuance of guidelines and funding aspects of development.”

You can find more information on the TEN-T by clicking on the Wikipedia link

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

  5 comments for “Brussels Ponders Motril Train

  1. Michael
    April 14, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    Great plan, I really don’t know why it’s not been done before. The Swiss built the Gotthard line through the alps in the 19th century and used helical tunnels to climb higher. The trains would of course be electric and can be powered by solar and or wind

  2. Patrick Barry Storey
    April 14, 2023 at 6:13 pm

    Andrew. There was once a gondala connection between Motril and Granada. With stops. !!

  3. Patrick Barry Storey
    April 14, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    Of course, if the EU sorted out the massive, corruption issues, then money could be spent on worthwhile projects.
    Bugger putting sand in every year; sort out the Port of Motril [connecting] to the rest of Spain without using roads.

  4. Andrew
    April 14, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    Crazy idea.

    The amount of energy and materials expended for all the tunnels, bridges and tracks would massively dwarf the energy and materials to run self-driving electric trucks running at night in convoys.

    Plus the maintenance of all that track with rockfalls and ground movement. It will never be financially viable unless they carry passengers and there’s no network for that.

  5. Patrick Barry Storey
    April 14, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Just make sure the trains are small or the tunnels big. This time…

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