A rail link from the port of Sines as a structuring element for regional development
A new rail link should serving Sines as a catalyst, together with other regional infrastructure, for the setting of clusters of high value added industries targeted for exports. The Port of Sines can not be seen as a simple place to load and unload cargoes, but integrated into the logistics network which is part and as regional synergies potentiator supported in the world supply chain. In this aspect, it appears crucial to create conditions to Sines to reach the flows of goods with origin / destination in Extremadura and in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, which optimise the competition with Algeciras and the Iberian hinterland, and that the current Iberian gauge rail be eliminated. So the substantive concern about the port of Sines should obey the logic of regional development scope instead as a simple transhipment hub.
Sines; Freight Railroads; Intermodalism; Regional Development.
Senior Officer, Corporate Development & Strategic Department, Metropolitano of Lisbon
University Institute of Lisbon, ISCTE-IUL.