With this signing, both companies are extending operation of the Autometro service by a further three years. During this time, several technical studies will be carried out that will enable complementary rail traffic and adjust the service to the current needs of the Martorell factory. At present, these trains make three trips a day from Monday to Friday, and are integrated in the Baix Llobregat Metro rail service.
The Autometro service runs on the FGC’s Llobregat-Anoia line, whose track is about 50 meters from the SEAT plant and has a branch line to connect it, and enters in the Port of Barcelona via an access track to the unloading zone. Once in the harbor, the vehicles are exported by means of maritime transport to their final destination.
SEAT Vice-president for Production and Logistics Dr. Christian Vollmer stated that “the renewal of the agreement is clear proof of SEAT’s commitment to rail transport and an example of the benefits of collaboration between the public and private sector. SEAT is Spain’s largest industrial export company and needs transportation infrastructure that contributes to generating wealth in society. SEAT will remain committed to logistics to make the distribution of vehicles more flexible, efficient and sustainable.”
According to FGC President Ricard Font, “this renewal demonstrates the trust that Autometro clients place in the freight transport service managed by FGC. The feedback we obtain from surveys for the renewal of our ISO 9001 quality management certification show high scores in key aspects for customers, such as compliance and punctuality, high reaction capacity for dealing with service contingencies, and fluid communication; a further example of the excellent service offered by Ferrocarrils and the human capital that makes it possible.”