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WEEKLY EXPORTS: Fresh produce bound for London Photo credit: Pixabay

A FREIGHT train now carries fruit and vegetables from Alicante province directly to London.

The train, which included 15 refrigerated wagons, left on Thursday last week for the first time, arriving four days later in Barking.

The train will link Alicante’s agricultural growers and the UK markets every week, departing from Alicante each Thursday, passing the border at La Junquera in Girona, crossing France to Calais and reaching London via the Eurotunnel.

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Despite the pioneering journey, the province’s business and agricultural sectors criticised the central government’s tendency to omit Alicante from rail infrastructure plans.

Owing to delays in linking Alicante province to the Mediterranean Corridor, when the train left Alicante port last week, it had to use dating from the 1950s they complained.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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