The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos, has reiterated this Saturday that “it is possible” that the AVE arrives in Galicia in 2021 and has asked for “loyalty” to the Xunta and the rest of Administrations to be able to comply with this target within the deadline.
“It is not loyal to be wishing every day that we fail in our calendar”, warned Ábalos during an act of the PSOE this morning in Santiago de Compostela, in which he urged the Galician Government to “lean a little more on the shoulder” and Stop using this issue politically.
In his speech, the minister has assured that he maintains a “commitment” with Galicia and has linked the appointment of Isabel Pardo de Vera as president of the Adif to his intention that the AVE can reach this territory as soon as possible.
In this regard, on the progress of the works, he pointed out that “we are a quarter” from the end of the safety tests in the section between Zamora and Pedralba, which have gone “absolutely well”; and that, from there, it will be necessary to perform them in the Pedralba-Ourense segment, which will go faster -he has stood out- for already having the necessary technology.
“We are still working for 2021 and we believe that, except for some unforeseen event, that is possible,” said Ábalos, who said that this calendar is achieved “on the basis of insisting” and “not ceasing in the effort”, given that in any work “there are sometimes incidents.”
In any case, he has considered “a dare” that “with the experience that exists in Galicia” there are those who frivolize and banalize the safety tests on a train – he stressed – that will have an ERTMS system from Madrid to Zamora.
Thus, it has asked the Xunta to focus on attending to their competences in education and health, with express reference to the closure of the Verín hospital’s hospital, because this “is also a basic condition in the relationship between the different Administrations” .
In the same way, he has censored that the members of the Galician Government do not show the “same understanding” with the State Executive that they displayed when Mariano Rajoy ruled, despite the fact that the Court of Auditors has determined that its management of the execution of the AVE works accounted for almost 500 million euros of additional costs.
Regarding the inheritance of previous PP mandates, Ábalos has brought up the different extensions approved by the Government of José María Aznar to the concessions of different Spanish highways, which in the case of Galician AP-9 will involve private management until 2048 year.
“It was necessary to continue renewing those concessions and also with those conditions as if they were still amortizing the concession?” Asked the minister, who has defended the commitment of his cabinet to assume the public management of these routes and reduce or eliminate tolls applied to them.
In the case of the AP-9, it has transferred that in the Government it is “very willing to transfer this highway if Galicia wants it”, a unanimous demand of the Galician political parties, but that, in any case, must be done with “Responsibility and loyalty” between the Administrations involved about their future management model.
Yes, Ábalos has been more firm in stating that he maintains his commitment to subsidize and reduce the tolls of this infrastructure in the framework of a Galician agenda that includes more actions such as electrifying the railway to Lugo in its connection with Ourense.
The state head of Transportation has intervened this morning before the National Committee of the PSdeG, just a few minutes after the general secretary of the Galician socialists, Gonzalo Caballero, transferred his support to the front of this portfolio.
“There is not a single minute of possible delay of the AVE that can be derived from the action of this Government,” said Caballero, who has supported the positions of Ábalos and has demanded the president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, to appear to explain the stoppage in these works when Mariano Rajoy ruled.
In the same way, he has expressed that they will continue to ask the ministry for what Galicia needs, although it has been convinced that, throughout this term, “historical advances” will be achieved in terms of infrastructure.