The Basque Government shares the importance of Navarra joins the Atlantic freight corridor

Representatives of both communities meet in Pamplona to pool projects in logistics and transport policy

 A delegation from the Government of Navarra met last April with representatives of the Basque Government to discuss issues in logistics and transportation policy . At the meeting the Basque Government has conveyed that ” shares the importance of Navarra joins the Atlantic freight corridor ” , as highlighted by the Government of Navarra .

Representatives of both governments have addressed issues such as the positioning of the two regions regarding the TEN -T transport network and development linked to the Connecting Europe initiatives , high speed rail and connecting infrastructure and the project EFFIPLAT possible areas for future collaboration .

The meeting was attended by the Government of Navarra , the director general of Planning, Transportation and Housing, José Antonio Marcén ; the general director of Public Works, Ignacio Nagore , and Javier Echarte of Navarra Logistics Agency , and by the Basque Government, the Director General of Transport, Imanol Leza , and the director of Transport Infrastructure , Almudena Ruiz de Angulo .

As positioning of Navarra in the Trans- European Transport Network ( TEN- T) is concerned, it has highlighted the importance of including the rail link Bilbao- Pamplona- Zaragoza- Sagunto among the priority projects of the EU transport for the period 2014-2020 , as reported in a note Navarre Executive .

The addition of this path to the Basic Network and its extension to Bilbao, this section allows eligible for European funding for the rail link between Pamplona and the French border at UIC through the new EU financial mechanism , Connecting Europe Facility (CEF ) .

 The approved route, which allows the connection of the Mediterranean and Atlantic Riders encompasses two key development for the logistics infrastructure Navarre : Intermodal Node Pamplona ( NIP ) and the Logistics Area Tudela.


 Another outstanding issues in the meeting was the emphasis on incorporating demand Navarra Atlantic Freight Corridor as a continuation of the Basque Y , both from a physical point of view , as of influence in decision -making.

The reason given by the Navarre representation has been primarily the need to maintain a coherent strategy previously developed performances , because this has been taken into account under both the development of the Territorial Strategy of Navarra , as in other territorial initiatives at European level in which participated Navarra , according to the Government of Navarra .

 Other arguments which strengthen the application are the high rate of foreign trade coverage ( 192 %) and the high potential of Navarra ferrocarrizable goods .

In this regard, the representatives of both administrations have viewed positively the collaborative work developed within the European project EFFIPLAT CFA – led by the Basque Government and participates in Navarre , through the public company NASUVINSA , along with other entities and Spanish , French and Irish governments.

The CFA – EFFIPLAT project, which was developed between 2012 and 2014 and which aims to continue , aims at creating a transnational network owned by government and other public and private agencies for the promotion and development of the Atlantic Corridor from an intermodal approach.

Since currently two working groups of this project , Infrastructure and Projects ( WP2) and Intermodal Services (WP3 ) are developing two separate technical studies to develop a technical assessment of rail infrastructure and planning approved, in the first case and conduct a technical assessment of rail services and logistics platforms existing in the second , has urged the Basque Government to infrastructure and plans submitted by Navarre consider and prioritize equal than the rest of regions of the Atlantic Corridor .

The goal , according to the statutory government would contribute, from the operational and technical framework provided by this European initiative , to achieve institutional demand for inclusion in the aforementioned Corridor.


 On the other hand , both delegations agreed to request the Government of Spain again reviving the cooperation protocol signed in 2011 between the Ministry of Development, the Basque Country and Navarra to study and design the link Navarre with ‘Y’ Basque railway .

Meanwhile , representatives of the Basque Government explained at the meeting that all sections developed by the Basque Government in Gipuzkoa branch of the ‘Y’ Vasca (17) are currently underway or completed .

In total , represent 59.1 kilometers which 77.6 percent of the branch path is already under construction or completed , failing which hits on San Sebastian and Irun and Lezo Astigarraga – sections are defined and oiartzun – Biriatou .

As for the Heavy Duty Train passing through Navarra (Pamplona- Castejón ) composed of five sections, the Ministry has just released a public information sections 2 and 3 correspond respectively to Villafranca -Olite ( 15,291 kilometers) and olite – Tafalla ( 14,676 miles).

Furthermore, section 1 Castejón -Villafranca is currently under construction ; the subsection 1.2 ( Cadreita -Villafranca ) is expected to be completed in May and 1.1 ( Castejón – Cadreita ) is executed at 48 percent. These subsections have an area of 8,578 and 6,195 kilometers , respectively.

Tafalla Campanas section 4 ( 15,103 kilometers ) is in writing , pending the approval of the basic project by ADIF for later submission to public information. Section 5 Bells- Esquíroz ( 10,792 kilometers ) is currently being drafted by the Government of Navarra.