Making roads and highways kinder to their surroundings as they pass through urban centres is a challenge that administrations are beginning to prioritise. The EU’s urban development policies and 2030 Agenda and the Spanish government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan have aligned in order to place an emphasis on actions that enable infrastructure and citizens to coexist in environments that are greener and more human.
The ongoing renovation of the historic Zaragoza-Teruel-Sagunto line, which forms part of the Cantabrian-Mediterranean Corridor, has resulted in an exponential increase in freight traffic along this section over the last four years. Ineco has been involved in drawing up the plans as well as executing the works to revitalise this strategic link to the European markets.
The application of satellite technology in railways provides an inexpensive way to improve safety and capacity on certain lines by using virtual balises instead of physical track-based equipment. For several years, Ineco, Adif and CEDEX have been helping to develop these solutions through a number of European innovation projects. The most recent of these projects, RAILGAP, will be carried out over a period of three years.
Ineco is collaborating with Puertos del Estado in the legalisation of the concessions for public property following the legislative reform of 2014, which extended their maximum duration from 35 to 50 years. Concessions are the legal instrument by which the State allows private companies to make use of the public port domain, and their duration is essential to improve the operations of the Spanish port system.
Since July 2021, Sol multimodal station has been connected to the recently renovated Gran Vía metro station via a pedestrian tunnel. Ineco drew up the commissioning plan and supervised the works for this underground connection, which serves 22,000 users every day in the heart of the Spanish capital.
Artificial vision, event recorders, radio communication systems and the use of alternative and sustainable energies such as solar energy are the latest technological improvements that Adif is incorporating at level crossings so that both rail and road traffic can run safely and efficiently.
The company has created a new unit, the 2030 Agenda Commissioner, which is responsible for drawing up the annual action plan for the 2030 Agenda. The plan focuses on five areas: equality, conciliation, sustainability, compliance and solidarity.