FRANCE and Spain are working together to develop ‘rolling highways’ to help take heavy goods traffic off the roads and transfer it onto the railways instead.
The Spanish Ministry for Public Works has announced an invitation to tender rolling highway (RH) operation projects for the Atlantic and Mediterranean rail corridors.
Five proposals from rolling stock companies have already been received – three from Spain and two from France..
The two governments will now consider the proposals, which as well as technical specifications for wagons and terminals include details of likely operating costs. They will form the basis of a call for expressions of interest this autumn in operating the rail service.
Spanish Minister for Public Works, Íñigo de la Serna, in meetings with France’s Transport Minister, Elisabeth Borne, has also discussed the connection infrastructure and transport issues affecting their two countries.
And both Ministers have highlighted the economic and political commitment being made by Spain to ensure progress on the development of the Mediterranean and Atlantic rail corridors.