We are very proud to support the Western Corridor – Silver Railway Route Manifesto, an initiative that has been promoted by 12 Chambers of Commerce in the north and south of our country – Avilés, Gijón, Oviedo, Astorga, León, Salamanca, Béjar, Cáceres, Badajoz, Huelva, Sevilla and Cádiz – and which urges official institutions to recover some of the sections of railway tracks that were closed in the past between Andalusia, Extremadura and Castile and León.

In a new era of transport, in which the railroad is proving to be a more efficient and sustainable means of transport, promoting this connection and including it in the route of the Atlantic Railway is an important step forward, since it will allow to complement the current radial network, which has great weaknesses, with a circular one, contributing to the creation of a distributed network of great robustness, effectiveness and efficiency. The replacement of the Plasencia – Salamaca section, of about 130 km, which connects the two central branches of the Atlantic Railway, will avoid the passage of goods through Madrid, which do not originate or are not destined to Madrid, reducing the risk of turning this central node, as the EU has repeatedly warned, into a “bottleneck” which would hinder the transport of goods by rail and the achievement of safe, reliable and sustainable mobility objectives.

As the platform explains in its manifesto, there are strong social, economic and territorial reasons for its replacement due to the characteristics of the territories it connects, environmental reasons, such as ensuring climate neutrality and strategic reasons; because of the essential role it plays in connecting the ports in the Northwest of the Peninsula, with greater accessibility to those in Central Europe, with those in the Southwest of the Peninsula, with better accessibility to the Canary Islands, Africa and South America. It is enough to see the importance of the role played by the Mediterranean Corridor in the intermodal transport; connecting its ports linked to the railroad, which the current Atlantic Corridor cannot offer due to the existing North-South disconnection by means of the historic Silver Route.

Now it is our turn. Whether you are an institution, a public representative, a private individual or a company, you can voice your support by signing the manifesto on its website and sharing the contents that will published periodically on Facebook and Linkedin. Together we can urge our elected officials to take one more step towards a fairer and more sustainable means of transport.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.