Ineco managed to increase its revenue by over 50% in the Intermodal and Road activity: it went from obtaining 33.8 million euros in 2016 to surpassing 52 million in 2017. The work carried out last year in planning, urban transport, environment, ports, building, information technology and roads, both in Spain and abroad, meant not only substantial revenue but also the addition of relevant business strategies for the company.

Future mobility

The future of mobility in cities and between different territories involves the establishment of sustainable models that combine crucial and other aspects such as commitment to the environment, commitment to innovation, use of technology to improve the experience of users and, consequently, their quality of life, or the involvement of all agents of the ecosystem to take coherent and integrated action.

One of the strong points of Ineco is the wide range of jobs that it is able to perform due to its experience and knowledge in all modes of transport and to its multidisciplinary teams. The company focuses on intermodality as one of the pillars for the development of sustainable mobility, which involves planning, architecture, sustainability and environment projects, urban transport, ports and information technologies. The company has many years of experience in terms of roads, which leads to close collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works, and with the development of major projects outside Spain.

Ineco is also responsible for planning an annual work schedule in the intermodal area for the Transport and Logistics Observatory in Spain that is part of the Ministry of Public Works. This includes, among others, the preparation of the annual report and maintenance and improvement of the database. The experience acquired from this has allowed the company to consolidate its presence in Brazil, where it started technical cooperation with EPL for the implementation of an observatory of the same characteristics, but with the challenge of the continental dimensions of the country, which has almost double the surface area of the European Union and more than 200 million inhabitants. Another example of Ineco’s competitiveness in transport planning is the development of the Qatar Master Transport Plan, to be completed in 2050 and focused on the national level, encompassing all networks (roads, public transport, pedestrians, bicycles, freight transport in truck, parking and private vehicle).

In terms of ports and their connections with land transport networks in 2017, collaboration with Puertos del Estado continued with the process of renewal of the public concessions. Technical assistance provided to the Port Authority of Valencia was completed with the raising of the draft at the Levante pier. The Port Authority of Castellón began preparing the new South Railway access project.

The work related to information and communication technologies is becoming increasingly important in Ineco. In 2017, work continued on the technological modernisation of the Administration of Justice, and on support provided in shared communications services to Public Administration. It also collaborated with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office in the maintenance of computer applications and started collaboration with the Spanish General Directorate for Cadastre for the support and maintenance of the Electronic Headquarters of Cadastre and with the Sub-Directorate of Information Technologies and Electronic Administration of the Ministry of Public Works.

Ineco’s commitment to improving mobility, due to the development of more sustainable and secure transport systems, is reflected in its collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda for the coordination of smart city cities initiatives, their modernisation and national and international dissemination as well as support for the dissemination of the initiatives of the Spanish Smart City Network.

Mobility in cities also includes inspection of the new Paseo del Bajo in Buenos Aires, one of the major civil works in Argentina that will create green spaces and decongest the city’s traffic.

As part of its intermodal activity, Ineco also develops building projects; in 2017 work continued in the management and coordination of health and safety for the rehabilitation of the future headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation at Plaza del Marqués de Salamanca in Madrid.

Finally, in terms of work related to the environment, we should mention collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in the protection of avifauna on high voltage power lines.

Outside Spain, in addition to the projects mentioned in Qatar and Brazil, Ineco also participated in the most ambitious Programme of the last 25 years in the development of infrastructures in Costa Rica (PIT, Transport Infrastructure Programme), which included road works (mentioned below), a breakwater and the remodelling of three cabotage terminals.

Ineco continued to provide support in terms of roads to the General Directorate of Roads of the Ministry of Public Works.

In 2017, projects were drafted for two major interventions in Cantabria, the extension of the A-67, between Sierrapando and Barrera, which aims at eliminating traffic jams in the area of Torrelavega, and the improvement of road access to the Port of Santander. Also in Cantabria, work began on drafting the following projects: extension of the A-67 between Polanco and Santander, expansion of the A-67 and S-10 in the Santander-Aeropuerto section, extension of the A- 8 between Solares and the P.L. Vizcaya, the variant of Potes, the conditioning of the N-627 in the Port of Los Tornos and the Lanestosa bypass.

Ineco is collaborating in the drafting of preliminary projects and feasibility studies within the framework of the Extraordinary Road Investment Plan (PIC) launched by the Ministry of Public Works. This includes the feasibility studies of two interventions in the area of Murcia (expansion of the A-7 between Crevillente and Alhama de Murcia and north-south axis – alternative A-30 between Archerna and Paloma knot) and the preparation of draft projects and feasibility studies for the adaptation of six sections of first-generation dual highways (A-1 highway between Madrid and El Molar, A-2 highway between Igualada and Martorell, A-3 highway between Madrid and P.L. (Province Limit) Cuenca, the A-4 highway in the sections between Ocaña and Puerto Lápice and between P.L. Jaén and P.L. Seville and the A-5 highway between Madrid and Maqueda). Another noteworthy intervention is the preparation of the four-lane draft projects included in the N-II corridor between Orriols and La Jonquera.

Work was also carried out on the remodelling of the A-55 in the section of Avenida de Madrid in Vigo and for the improvement of the capacity and environmental integration of the AC-11 in Avenida de Alfonso Molina in La Coruña. Work also began on the A-68 highway project in the stretch between Calahorra and P.L Navarre.

Control and supervision, health and safety coordination and environmental monitoring have also been provided in more than 20 projects for the construction of new road sections and highway. Work continued on the preparation of 29 tunnel adaptation projects of the Spain’s road network under RD 635/2006 on minimum safety requirements (projects involving the operation of almost 100 tunnels), which is included in the tunnel adaptation plan implemented by the Ministry of Public Works.

In the foreign market, the company continued to develop projects already started in previous years. These include work on roads the administrative, legal and environmental management of the Transport Infrastructure Programme (PIT) of Costa Rica. The company participated in the design and construction of 100 km of roads and in the design of another 140 km of roads including access links to the second city of the country and the Pacific Coast Master Plan.

Mexico is one of the countries where Ineco develops major projects. Management and administration work carried out by the company since 2011 and continued in 2017 on the Guadalajara-Colima highway continue to be a reference model for Banobras, which is implementing the model of said highway in other new ones throughout the country. The work of an independent engineer in the mountain section of the aforementioned highway reflects the application of the specialist knowledge of Ineco in one of the most complex stretches of the Mexican territory.

Other important milestones include the supervision of the expansion of the Pifo-Papallacta road in Ecuador, as well as the coordination of the Rodoanel works in São Paulo, Brazil.