Almeria’s Platform in Defence of the Public Train demands greater commitments from the government

The Plataforma Almeriense en Defensa del Tren Publico, Social y Sostenible (Almeria Platform in Defence of the Public, Social and Sustainable Train) has presented allegations to the “Plan Ferroviario Nacional” for the period 2021 to 2026.

ALMERIA DEMANDS MORE RAILWAY COMMITMENTS WITH OUR PROVINCE

The Almeria Platform in Defence of the Public, Social and Sustainable Train has submitted a large number of allegations to the “National Railway Plan” for the period 2021 to 2026.

Yesterday, up to 24 allegations were registered by this platform before the General Directorate of Planning and Evaluation of the Railway Network, within the deadline set by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda to analyse the “Indicative Strategy for the development, maintenance and renewal of the railway infrastructure 2021-2026”; in which the scarce investment for specific actions in the province of Almeria, which promote sustainable rail mobility for both passengers and freight transport, is evidenced.

The platform in defence of the train emphasises that at present the accessibility to the train, the provision of quality rail services and the correct structuring of the territory is extremely deficient in our province, not appearing in this document investment proposals and specific economic items to improve this situation. On the other hand, the “Trans-European Railway Network” proposal does not include the connection of the Mediterranean Corridor along the coast, from Almeria to Malaga.

Another major shortcoming is the absence of a suburban rail network linking the city of Almeria with the Bajo Andarax and Poniente Almeriense regions, to meet the mobility needs of the 500,000 people who live there, and to provide a rail service for the millions of tonnes of horticultural products exported annually from this region to the most diverse peninsular and European destinations.

The suppression of medium-distance Granada-Seville rail services, which have been reduced from 4 to 3 frequencies in each direction and require a transfer at Granada station, the reduction of conventional long-distance intercity services from 2 to 1 in each direction (as one of them has been replaced by a link to Granada to continue with the AVE to Madrid), the increase in fares without any improvement in the service, or the lack of investment to complete the electrification from Huneja-Dólar to Linares, are other of the allegations presented. The need for investment to improve the route of the railway line and increase safety and speed, and to put an end to the frequent breakdowns in the signalling systems; investment which would also make it possible to cover the current lack of track and works staff.

The latest allegations refer to the lack of rail connection with the port of Almeria, the lack of investment to undertake the double track on the Murcia-Almeria route (which would facilitate the increase of freight transport); as well as to stop the deterioration and abandonment of stations and other railway infrastructure in the province of Almeria.

In spite of all this, the Almeria Platform for a Public, Social and Sustainable Train insists that they are open to maintain the necessary contacts with the Ministry and participate in the development of the planning to improve our railway in a coherent and structuring way.
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