Transport, in search of a sustainable model

Transport, in search of a sustainable model

The ability to move people and goods charges a strategic dimension in a fragmented territory and far from the continent like the Canary Islands. Connectivity problems are a drag on the competitiveness of the islands' economy and require sustainable solutions.

Political parties carry in their programs the proposals they consider necessary to drive improvementsboth in terms of land transport for internal mobility on each island, as well as the connection between islands and connectivity with the exterior.


The resolution of the conflict with the State on the highway agreement debt 2018-2027, which has meant the recovery of more than one billion euros, is for the PSOE the main milestone of the last legislature.

Looking ahead to the next four years, they consider it necessary to change the concept of infrastructure and invest in solutions that meet the transport needs of the islands, for which they are committed to a great agreement that is the Roadmap of a mobility strategy for the Canary Islands, betting on non-polluting means and the implementation of new technologies in road infrastructures.

Among the measures they propose is drawing up a transport and infrastructure plan, continuing to promote measures to offset the costs of insularity and fopromote the creation of OSP (public service obligations) on maritime and air routes with the peninsula for limit the price of tickets, together with the creation of a public law entity or consortium for the implementation of the train in the Canary Islands. They also plan to develop a Canary Islands Strategy for Sustainable Ports in ports under regional jurisdiction.

They carry in their program the modernization and professionalization of the taxi and VTC transport sector, promoting the use of new technologies and actions against intrusion.

They undertake to develop a plan for implementation on the islands of the electric carwhich will range from a sufficient recharging network to tax aid, and planning investments for a new agreement of highways that will have the largest economic endowment that the Canary Islands have ever had.

In the Canary Islands there are 1.8 million vehicles.



The PP considers infrastructure and transport planning essential as the basis for industrial and commercial development of the islands and to encourage exports. To this end, they require the State to improve strategic investments in the canary airports and they promote the incorporation of new air navigation routes that reinforce the role of the Canary Islands as a hub and benchmark with America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

In addition to an adequate provision of infrastructures, they propose a new approach in mobility policies and transport planning in the face of climate change challenges with an integrated and intermodal transport system.

Among the measures included in their program are the drafting of a Sustainable Mobility Plan for each island and free public land transport for university students and Vocational Training.

They propose removing barriers to mobility in land transport, with the aim of achieving total accessibility in all metropolitan, regional and municipal interchanges, and are committed to a plan to modernize public land transport so that citizens, with a single urban transport ticketo digital, can use public media on any island.

They will also demand from the state government a financing model of public transport consistent with what other autonomous communities receive. They propose developing a comprehensive strategy to make the bus the main way of accessing large cities and improve the frequencies of interurban public ground transportation at rush hour and on weekends, linking the most populated municipalities. will promote the taxi competitive improvementthrough regulatory development and economic support for its modernization.

They undertake to increase investment in road maintenance and review bridges and footbridges in the regional road network to diagnose their state of conservation and plan their rehabilitation. They will launch the development of a charging point network of electricity and gas for vehicles throughout the islands.


The nationalist formation is committed to promoting the operation of the Canary Islands ports abroad as a single infrastructure and promoting the use of collective public passenger transport, with the modernization of the fleet. They maintain that the islands have to respond to the concept of smart islands (Smart Island) with the development of technological applications that make transport more efficient.

They undertake to activate the Maritime Public Service Obligation (OSP), with a maximum price, that unites the triangle of the Green Islands (La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera), to guarantee the mobility and connectivity of residents and contribute to the promotion of tourism.

Likewise, they defend the need to advance in the improvement of the sea ​​and air connectivity between the islands, mainly the non-capital ones.

They demand a new regulation and better use of transport subsidies and have in their program to create a Autonomous Air Price Observatory in order to propose routes with Public Service Obligation if it were necessary, establishing a maximum price for the companies that operate on the Canary Islands-peninsula routes.

They will promote before the European and state instances a special follow-up to the repercussion on the prices and air seats derived from the purchase of the airline AirEuropa by the IAG Group, of which Iberia and Vueling are part, and will request the establishment of the OSP for the island of La Palma that guarantees daily connectivity with Madrid and, where appropriate, also with Barcelona.

They support the defense of the taxi sector, eliminating the unfair competition and intrusiveness, with measures such as the immobilization of sanctioned vehicles and the coordination of regulations.

Image of a plane taking off from Gran Canaria airport.



NC proposes a comprehensive public transportation plan that has buses, taxis, and trains where possible for the decrease in the use of private vehicles.

The Canarian formation understands that mobility by sea and air between islands and with the rest of the State was well resolved with the conquest of the 75% bonus to residents, in force since July 2018, which they consider a key element to have "fast, safe, cheap and accessible" inter-island mobility - which has made it even cheaper to move between islands than within the same island - and maintain that now it is time to focus on continuing to improve the land mobilityre in all territories.

They emphasize that the current development model has made the islands have a disproportionate mobile parkwith 1.8 million motor vehicles in the archipelago as a whole, which would be equivalent to being the seventh country in the world with the most vehicles per inhabitant, with permanent growth that must be resolved urgently because it is not sustainablesince it compromises the mobility of citizens, their productivity, their health and generates pollution.

From this perspective, Nueva Canarias is committed to a different insular mobility model and is committed to promoting in the next legislature, under the direction of the Government of the Canary Islands and with the support of the two large councils, the incorporation of the guided transporto as the basis for a part of those who opt for private vehicles today to end up using public transport.


Criticism of the current forms of mobility is an inseparable part of the global questioning of United Sí Podemos to the current development model. For this reason, they support mobility based on buses and frontally opposed to the generation of new highways and trains.

They promote a Insular Sustainable Mobility Plan that considers all forms of mobility and is committed to improve public service based on buses, investing in decent canopies, information panels, vehicle arrival warning systems, decent micro-stations and interchanges, and in particular, exclusive lanes for buses and taxis.

They propose promoting powerful transportation systems based on electric buses, especially on lines and time slots that demand more service. Likewise, they are committed to the creation of bike paths and interurban greenways, to facilitate mobility and encourage cycling tourism.

They will continue to demand from the State Government and within the EU the establishment of routes of Public Service Obligation (OSP) for air travel between the peninsula and the islands, which guarantee the mobility of the Canarian population at adequate prices, compared to the excessive growth of the plane ticket prices with the subsidy of 75%.

They will also promote review of current agreements of roads from the point of view of a more sustainable mobility model, with other more modern parameters, lower in carbon, more harmonious and efficient.