Project for the construction of a freight station in Polígono San Cibrao

The San Cibrao Industrial Park is located 10 kilometers from Ourense and within a radius of only 2 kilometers is the city’s business belt (Pereiro de Aguiar business park, and Barreiros and Seixalbo industrial estates). It has a total area of 4,800,000 m2, 8,500 workers and 432 companies, being the largest in extension in Galicia.

Adding up the business parks that have arisen in the environment, we are talking about 560 companies, which employ 12,500 workers and occupy 6,500,000 m2 of industrial surface, reasons that support the need to start up a new railway freight station, where all these industrial spaces would benefit.

The reason for a freight station in San Cibrao

  • Three freight stations for the low tonnage that is currently handled are not functional, but expensive, due to their maintenance.
  • The Empalme station is very underused on its merchant side and the new High Speed station that is built there needs a better appearance, more space, which would still be left over for other public uses even if that of the current freight area is incorporated.
  • The location in the place where 90% of Ourense’s merchandise is currently handled is ideal for the new location.
  • The Zamora line, which will be free due to the entry into service of the AVE, allows the use almost exclusively for goods and the logical thing is that the operators that circulate towards Medina del Campo / Venta de Baños from Galicia use it more frequently than the one from León, which is older with a worse layout and simultaneous with the movement of passengers. In addition, the route is 160 km less than through León.

Station location

The location is in an area of the perimeter of the polygon and adjacent to the City of Transport, built by the Xunta de Galicia. The intermodality of the movement of goods in Ourense would be achieved. The distance to the Ourense town hall is about 6 km.

The land reserved for said location is contiguous to the current railway line from Ourense to Zamora. It is a conventional line that, as soon as the new route of the AVE to Galicia enters service, it would be used almost exclusively by merchant trains.

Current situation of goods in Ourense

At present, the capital of Ourense and its neighboring municipalities have three places for the movement of goods by rail.

In the capital, the Empalme Station, which is made up of a set of 16 tracks that occupy 70% of the esplanade of the Empalme-Station and by the buildings, warehouses and loading / unloading platforms located opposite the passenger building , parallel to Rúa Rio Anoia.

Only 10% of the goods move in it, although it occupies 140,000 m2 of land in the middle of the urban area, in the A Ponte neighborhood.

The other current enclave is the Polígono San Cibrao itself, where there is a derivation of the Zamora line for the movement of feed for COREN.

The last one is at the Taboadela station where urban solid waste is handled and sent by train to the SOGAMA transformer.

Today, 90% of the merchandise of the three enclaves move in the two last mentioned.

Design considered for the new station in Polígono San Cibrao

The blueprint for this freight station arises from the optimization of resources.

Thus, we start from land designated for this purpose, bordering the transport city, with an area of ​​103,560 m², to which we add in our proposal an area of ​​26,319 m² in order to design a freight station according to the required lengths by the composition of freight trains in the immediate future.

The proposal of the preliminary project is to connect two passing tracks and two dead tracks on both sides of an unloading platform and in turn connected to the track that connects the Taboadela station and the COREN terminal. Two auxiliary buildings will also be located. All this with direct access for trucks from the roundabout located in the transport city.

It should also be mentioned that, as can be seen in the transverse profiles of this preliminary draft, the necessary earth movements do not entail large costs, since their stabilization through natural slopes is allowed without requiring higher costs for this section.

For all of the above, it is a reasonable blueprint and, as we have already mentioned, based on an optimization of existing resources.