P6 – Freight

Freight transportation is crucial to a transport system that is meant to be both economically and environmentally sustainable. Besides, on the domestic level, a reliable and efficient rail freight system properly articulated with other transport modes is decisive for the competitiveness of the economy. In this context, the project aims to help in providing a more attractive rail freight transportation offer reaching out to the Portuguese hinterland along the Atlantic coastline and revitalising the flow of goods to the Iberian Peninsula rural areas and to other destinations.


Key action of the project:

  • To identify improvements in train station layouts;
  • To develop technologies that lower formation, marshalling, loading and unloading times of trains in terminals;
  • To identify constraints, to review and put forward solutions, for instance as to towed freight in given routes, the length of train units in stations and operation in terminals and optimising communications.