Tarragona proposes two alternatives to its underground train station

Tarragona City Council proposes that the new POUM Municipal Urban Planning Plan) envision two alternatives for future underground rail stations, both for passenger trains only.

The first option would be a station below the Plaza Imperial Tarraco, which the track would reach through the subsoil from the Ponent neighborhoods and would leave through the Vall de L'Arrabassada area, along a 6.5-kilometre route. This possibility is foreseen in the Territorial Plan of Camp de Tarragona.

The other option is a station also below ground in the surroundings of Horta Gran, near the T-11. In this case, the track would run parallel to the A-27 to the Camp de Tarragona high-speed station (La Secuita).

The Minister of Territory of the Tarragona City Council, Xavier Puig, pointed out today, Thursday, that the two alternatives would be positive for the city, since they would allow the current layout to be left unused and the entire maritime façade freed up. In addition to putting an end to the passage of goods through the city center, a claim made by different groups in Tarragona.

I respect the proposal for a station in Plaza Imperial Tarraco, Puig has indicated that the track would cross the city below ground and would end up connecting in the Llevant area with the current coastal train line.

The Imperial could be linked with the bus station -urban and interurban- and with the future train-tram of the Camp de Tarragona. As for the Horta Gran, he stressed that a link would be included that would allow people from Tarragona to go directly to Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia at high speed. "This bypass to the north would be done underground and would not generate any barrier effect between the center and Ponent", he stressed.

However, neither of the two options foresees the passage of freight trains, since it is "assumed" that these trains would leave the Port of Tarragona in the direction of Ponent and Vila-seca, and then make an itinerary along the old Reus line in Roda de Berà or through a duplication of the Mediterranean corridor. "The question is that they go inland, where fewer people live," he said.

Even so, it is only about possibilities that the urban plan has to anticipate, to make a forecast of land and spaces for the future and the growth of the city. Later, the City Council and the State -which is the one who would probably ultimately pay for the works- would have to opt for one of the two approaches.

This initial procedure of the new POUM of the city will be submitted to a vote in a plenary session before the end of the month, added the minister.

Francolí polygon

The new POUM will also propose a facelift for the Francolí industrial estate. The intention is to make "an eco-neighborhood", by removing a good part of the current heavy industry and putting in "technology companies, low-intensity industry, some homes, facilities and green areas".

One of the keys to making this a reality is for the CLH company to abandon its location, a few meters from the Francolí River. "In the medium term we see it possible, they have a good predisposition", he has exposed in relation to the owner company.

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