Sunday, June 20

The Consell undertakes to study the train project between Orihuela and Torrevieja

The Consell has taken six long months to accept the appointment requested by the mayors to present the project and request its necessary funding. Arcadi Spain promised to give an answer “shortly” on whether the autonomous government “gets on the train”, and never better said, to backbone the region with a railway route that would link the interior and the coastline of the Vega Baja.

It is a project, let’s not forget it, which is estimated between 200 and 270 million eurosAlthough the investment could be lowered if, as the mayors asked the minister, the future works of CV-95 are used so that everything goes on a single platform and the route parallel to that road. The UA study estimates, downwards, a flow of travelers of 1.2 million (the majority from or to Madrid through the AVE stop in Orihuela), which would justify the investment. So would the need in the region to have such an infrastructure given the tremendous deficiencies that the Vega Baja has in terms of communication both by road and by train.

The infrastructure needs funding from the Generalitat, but it would also have private collaboration

The main handicap of the project called «Orihuela-Torrevieja / Orihuela Costa Railway Route» it is your financing. The president of the Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón, announced to the minister that the provincial institution would be willing to subsidize the blueprint, but the execution would be with regional or even state funds. Also private, as the councilors were in charge of moving Arcadi Spain, since they bet on the availability payment. This formula, not widely used at the moment, consists of a public-private collaboration, in which an administration entrusts the works to companies, to which it pays annually, and whose canon includes the maintenance and conservation of these infrastructures and their exploitation. “There are entrepreneurs interested in doing this work”, assures Emilio Bascuñana.

To minimize costs, the study proposes a single track with a maximum speed of 200 kilometers per hour, sharing a platform with the CV-95 with a complementary cycle-pedestrian lane. The project presents two path alternatives such as the route between the nuclei of the districts of Arneva and Hurchillo (the route through the Hurchillo mountain would be buried, which would make the project more expensive) and from the Orihuela station with the CV-925 running between Correntías and Bigastro. The latter would share many sections with the CV-95, which would make it cheaper, although it involves greater expropriations than the previous one. The Torrevieja / Orihuela Costa station is proposed in two locations: the entrance through Los Balcones, next to the AP-7, or an alternative that raises the cost, such as next to the Torrevieja Hospital, since the 1.5 kilometers from Los Balcones it must be buried and, in addition, it would mean a greater flow of traffic to the salt-producing town. What’s more, Two intermediate stations would be studied, Bigastro-Jacarilla and San Miguel de Salinas. A total of 28 daily services are established between Orihuela and Torrevieja and vice versa (one train every half hour each way).

Bascuñana said, after the meeting, that they have asked the minister for an answer about the union of the Consell to the project “before the summer” since it would “backbone the region and generate wealth.” The Oriolano mayor added that “It is clear that it is viable, that it has no environmental impact, as it does not cross protected areas, and that it respects population centers”, so he claimed “to fix the sight to 50 years and not the myopia of looking at today.” “It is a project that will mark the future of the region and we do not want it to last forever,” he concluded.

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