Malaga will after many debating be a stop on the Mediterranean Corridor rail system which will connect all important coastal cities without the need to travel over Madrid. Ending of last year commotion rose as there were plans proposed to bypass Malaga and the Costa del Sol and keep the connection inland. After many reactions the plans were reversed and the railway is going to keep to the coast staring at Algeciras.
The Mediterranean Corridor has been one of the major infrastructure projects in Spain for many years. On Wednesday, October 19th 2011, the European Commission approved the inclusion of the railway corridor within the core network of transports within Europe, so it became a priority project and received support in 20% of the total funding of the European Community funds.
The Mediterranean Railway Corridor is the main cross corridor of transports, and the greatest one if we pay attention to the concentration of population and economic activity in Spain (it represents 40% of the GDP). It runs through four Autonomous Regions (Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia) and eleven provinces. This territory represents 18% of the Spanish area, and it generates half of the haulage of goods in the country.
The Railway corridor measures 1300 kilometers from France to Algeciras (Cádiz) and consists of a rail system under connecting several of the busiest airports in traffic volume in Spain, along with the five most important seaports (Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia, Cartagena and Algeciras).
As far as I know the railway will both have a freight train and high speed traject.The strengthening and consolidation of the Mediterranean railway corridor in the future will improve the competitiveness and efficiency of freight and passengers in Spain. It also aims to improve economic competitiveness, strengthen territorial cohesion and promote freight transport by railway.
This is a complex and costly project, the reason why there is still much work to do. It is a project of 51.3 billion euros, of which only 9.45 billions have been invested so far. It is intended to be finished in 2020, although it is usual for a work of such magnitude to be behind the schedule.