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Event for the Guadix Baza Almanzora Lorca train 37 years after its disappearance

Paco Casero (Savia Foundation) and the Andalusian Federation of Associations of Friends of the Railway (FAAAF) “Quinqué por el Tren” honour awards.

After 37 years of unjust railway isolation, the traditional call for the train and the reopening of lines that takes place every December 31st in Baza, has been marked by the hope that the recent awarding by the Government and almost a million and a half euros, of the Informative Study for the reopening of the railway line Guadix Baza Almanzora Lorca. Even so, they are committed to continue until the effective reopening of the line is achieved, as well as the completion of the Murcia-Almeria-Granada section of the Mediterranean Railway Corridor, and the commitment to the sustainable public freight/passenger train.

Antonio Fco. Martínez, president of Amigos del Ferrocarril Comarca de Baza, who started the event by paying tribute to the victims of the Covid-19, thanked the intervention of political representatives of the Government and the opposition, but stated that the Informative Study is above all a success of the work of the collectives: in the face of political ups and downs, it is the social demands that manage to change injustices.

Francisco Alvarez, spokesperson for Guadix por el Tren, denounced RENFE’s erratic policy of suppressing railway services in the stations of medium-sized towns, as is the case of Guadix.

The presidents of the Business Association Altiplano de Granada and the Intersectorial de Guadix, as well as the Almeria Platform and AGRAFT also took part in the event.

The most emotional moment has been reached with the presentation of the award “Quinqué por el tren”, a recognition to the railway claim, which this year has been awarded to the Savia Foundation, particularly in the person of the activist Paco Casero, and the Andalusian Federation of Associations of Friends of the Railway (FAAAF).

The reading of a manifesto by Almudena Muñoz, member of the Bastetano collective, and Pilar Requena, from Accita, where it has been proposed not to lower our guard until the train travels again through these territories, has made explicit the end of the event.

The event, organised by the Asociación Amigos del Ferrocarril Comarca de Baza and the platform Comarca de Guadix por el Tren, in collaboration with the Asociación de Empresarios Altiplano de Granada, the agro-livestock association Agapro and the Revuelta de la España Vaciada, has counted with the participation of railway collectives from the southeast of the peninsula, including representatives from the Balearic Islands and Madrid, social groups from the area, as well as institutional and political officials (Delegate of Agriculture María José Martín, senator Abelardo Vico, mayor of Baza and deputy mayors, mayoress of Caniles, councillors, representatives of municipal and provincial political parties Psoe, PP, C’s, Unidas Podemos, Verdes, Adelante Andalucía).

 

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