As the railway rolls along the Maresme coast, north of Barcelona, the ocean shimmers and caresses along the shores, greeting the few optimistic spring bathers as well as boarders.
The Spanish railway line
Sometimes, according to DailyAdvent News, Spain’s historic rail network runs so close to the coast that it looks like you’re riding straight on water.
Huge power surges tore through a massive strip on the shore, threatening to destroy a piece of rail and forcing the transport operator to set up a transit shuttle linking La Pineda and Malgrat de Mar.
It was not the only occasion, and it will not be the very last: the flooding of the beaches and the increase in ocean tides have jeopardized the survival of the legendary Maresme line.
According to the statement given by Vilaplana to The Guardian, the five coastal ports also play a role. While the tidal currents carry the dunes from north to south due to the biological cycle of coastal replenishment, but the quayside of the marinas functions as stratigraphic traps.
Also, Vilaplana thinks it’s hard to rationalize not doing anything on reasonable terms when they’re wasting billions on high-speed rail services that no one uses, in reference to the high-speed rail system. Spanish speed, which is number two mainly in China in terms of closed range, but has struggled to attract enough commuters to be commercially feasible.
Concrete measures such as coastal structures and coastal barriers are exacerbating the weather crisis, so the cure is even harder than the disease, as Antoni Esteban of Preservem el Maresme, an umbrella organization representing sustainability, suggests. While there is a strong consensus that the road should be moved inland, he says the strategy has been thwarted by a lack of democratic free will, with a price tag of 30 billion euros, funds.
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The Spanish railway line devoured by the sea
Moving the track away from the coast might be the best sustainability solution, many travelers will miss the weird but thrilling thrill of riding a subway that seems to make the journey by ocean.
Community commercial fishers, according to Marcos, are concerned about the aquatic existence implications of continuously trawling the ocean floor for soil to replenish shorelines after each winter downpour.
Greenpeace’s Pilar Marcos agrees: “Building a barrier inland is a big investment of taxpayers’ funds that will pay for nothing in the decades to come as cyclones get heavier and much more regular.”
Not only will this keep the train safe and competitive, Marcos says it was just coincidence that there was no serious disaster, but it could also free up land, allowing for larger beaches, which , according to studies, is the best defense against erosion.
A €50 million project to build 28 breakwaters, each 150 meters long, along the coastline could worsen the situation. Additionally, some critics claim that in Barcelona, in which a sequence of coastal structures have been developed to prevent erosion, minimal dust is lifting the coastline like never before.
As water depth on the Catalan coastline has increased by 3.3mm per year over the past three decades, Vilaplana believes the only long-term option is to move the railway inland, close to the highway. Neither the typhoons get meaner, but the storm surges cause the currents to move even farther inland.
The mayor of Santa Susanna, which itself is located halfway between Pineda de Mar and Malgrat de Mar, Joan Campolier, has called for a permanent solution, even if it means ignoring the route for an extended period.
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