Trans-Pyrenean Central Corridor, Spain - France


The Trans-Pyrenean Central Corridor (TCP in French) has been planned to link the rail networks of France and Spain through a new high-performance infrastructure crossing the Pyrenees, through a very long tunnel.

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Basic Data
NameTrans-Pyrenean Central Corridor, Spain - France
ProvinceAragon (Spain), Midi-Pyrénées (France )
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Specific CommoditiesTransportation Services
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsSeveral tunnels. The longest could be of about 60 km.
Type of PopulationRural
Relevant government actorsSpanish state through the Ministry of Development., Aragon regional Government, French state
International and Financial InstitutionsEuropean Union (EU)
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAssociation Contre le Tunnel Inutile dans les Vallées d’Ailleurs et du Lavedan (ACTIVAL), Plataforma No a la TCP por Sobrarbe
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingLocal government/political parties
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of alternative proposals
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseStrengthening of participation
Development of Alternatives- Reopening the track through Canfranc, nowadays closed.

- Promote other routes with more infrastructure already built i.e. Atlantic and Mediterranean corridors.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Too early to assess. However, the EJOs, although small, they are contributing to raise awareness with regard to the impacts of the project as well as proposing alternatives. Furthermore, the fact that the project has been removed from the priority list of European infrastructures and the lack of money to fund it seem to be seriously undermining the feasibility of TCP.
Sources and Materials

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network:
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Article supporting the project:

Val, S. and Blazquez, N. Analysis of trans-Pyrenean railway bottlenecks. International Journal of Procurement Management, Volume 2, Number 4, 26 May 2009 , pp. 388-402(15)


Wikipedia site (in Spanish): ía_central_del_Pirineo
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Newspaper article in Spanish:
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Foundation created by the Aragon Government to promote the project:
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French association defending the project (in French):
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Newspaper article in French:
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Media Links

Statement against the project in English:
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Actival association website (in French)
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Videos from Actival:
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Other CommentsActival association website (in French):; statement against the project in English:
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ContributorAlfred Burballa Noria
Last update26/01/2015