Chamber of Commerce and CEV In the last two years, in addition, they have been demanding from the central government and the Consell an investment in road and rail infrastructures of about 4,000 million euros to be executed in ten years, as a fundamental axis to backbone the province in its connections with Madrid, Valencia and Murcia, and be able to create wealth and employment. Multi-million dollar investments to alleviate the fact that the province faces, for example, the third decade of the 21st century with an accumulated deficit of 2,896 million euros in investments that, according to the businessmen, should have been invested already in the period 2008-2018.
The Tren de la Costa, alternative to the AP-7 is still forgotten and should stop in Benidorm and Dénia
Ten years that coincided with the economic crisis and public divestment, and which are now taking their toll, according to a report by the urban planner Armando Ortuño, if only half of this accumulated economic deficit had been invested in infrastructure, today they would be covers 40% of the actions that are now being demanded again and that have been going on for years in Alicante.
«It is always bad news to lose a Valencian minister, but it is too early to make assessments, and it will be the facts that define the work of the new minister Raquel Sánchez. In itself, what we expect from it is that it accelerates the Mediterranean Corridor project and, above all, that it be sensitive to the infrastructure deficit in the province of Alicante, which we have been denouncing over and over again for years. If the population criterion is taken into account, since 2008 the province of Alicante has stopped receiving 2,896 million euros », Perfect Palacio, president of CEV-Alicante, reiterates.
Regarding specific projects, Palacio recalls that they are defined in the infrastructure decalogue that CEV and the Chamber of Commerce presented two years ago, “being aware that we needed to set priorities and pursue the achievement of these fundamental axes.” Palacio asserts that “we continue at it, because the improvement in the last general state budgets was pyrrhic. In 2018 we were in position 49 in investment according to our GDP, and in 2019 we went to 46. No one can console themselves with this change. The infrastructures that make up this decalogue suppose a total cost that is certainly acceptable, it is not outrageous considering the return it can generate. In total, it would amount to 3,029 million euros ”. Palacio recalls, on the other hand, that “I do not want to stop pointing out the importance that, after funding the budgets, has the execution of these, because there we also err by prolonging several important projects year after year. Before arrival of the European Funds, This administrative and operational agility is even more important ”.
Juan Bautista Riera, president of the Alicante Chamber of CommerceHe points out, for his part, that “I do not know the mood of the new minister, so it is difficult for me to assess her receptivity to our projects. I hope that he is more inclined to listen to us than the previous minister was, since none of our requests were heard. The decalogue of essential road and rail infrastructures for the province of Alicante is still pending and without any trace of execution. prepared by the Chamber in 2019, together with the CEV ».
Take advantage of European funds
Javier Verdú, President of Fopa, points out that «from Fopa fWe elicited the new head of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, and we offer her our absolute availability to work together, trusting that she will meet the needs of our province. For us it is key that railway performances are undertaken immediately at the expense of European funds, since all are framed in one of the axes of the CE to promote sustainable mobility». With regard to roads, Verdú considers that «they should be scheduled to be undertaken in a period not exceeding four years, establishing the urgent priority of improvement of the Torrevieja variant, every day more collapsed ».
Decalogue of actions
CEV-Alicante and the Chamber of Commerce have updated the decalogue of pending works. The so-called Alicante-Elche railway axis includes the connection of the commuter train with the Alicante-Elche airport / Miguel Hernández with possible stops at IFA and the Elche business park, and also the link of the AVE station in the Elche party of Matola, which would have a cost of 295 million euros. In railway infrastructure, it also continues to wait for the improvement of the Alcoy-Xàtiva railway line in order to increase commercial speed and safety, which it is valued at 22 million euros.
As soon as to the Train of the Coast, between Valencia and Alicante, and with stations in Dénia, Benissa and Benidorm In order to favor the mobility of both residents and tourists, the report by the urban planner Armando Ortuño proposes that it starts from a station in the vicinity of the University of Alicante but with links to the AVE and the vicinity with Murcia. Its high cost (1,700 million euros) and environmental problems have blocked the initiative from the stage of Mariano Rajoy as president.
It will be the facts that define the work of the new minister Raquel Sánchez »
If the population is served, the province has stopped receiving 2,896 million euros since 2008 »
I hope the minister is more inclined to listen to us than the previous minister was »
An urgent priority is the Torrevieja bypass, which is collapsed »
Central theme is also the completion of the Mediterranean corridor and the improvement of rail access to the port of Alicante with the electrification of the line and the construction of 750-meter-long sidings. In principle with a third lane. Its cost, 216 million euros.
Entrepreneurs also consider it strategic to equip the railway corridor of a merchandise interchange in San Isidro (Vega Baja), another in the functional area of Alicante-Elche with a free zone, and a third for merchandise on the Noveda / Villena axis. Total cost, 105 million euros.
In terms of road infrastructure, the shortcomings are historical. A third lane is urgently needed on the highway that connects Alicante and Elche from the A-70 ring road, the duplication of the CV-95 Orihuela –Torrevieja Highway to increase capacity and reduce travel times and increase road safety. Cost: 446 million euros.
No less urgent is the third lane in each direction for the A-31 on the Elda-Monforte del Cid section. The budget would reach 160 million euros. The chronic saturation suffered by the A-31 motorway has worsened again this summer with the summer trips, back and forth, during the weekend, between the Plateau and the interior of the province with the coastline of the province. In recent weeks, the usual images prior to the two states of alarm of the pandemic have been repeated with queues of vehicles trapped on the A-31 and in its connection with the A-7 highway from Elche-Murcia. Especially at the height of the Portichol from Monforte del Cid and as a consequence of the massive influx of tourists. A “bottleneck” that collapses as soon as the slightest road incident arises, and causes hundreds of drivers to be blocked with the consequent disruptions, dangerousness and economic, labor, and environmental losses.
Increase the capacity of the N-332 to his passage through Torrevieja (variant) giving continuity to the sections executed is also key for the employer’s association.
Concern about the delay in the Mediterranean Corridor
The Valencian Association of Entrepreneurs (AVE) this month held the first six-monthly check to assess the degree of execution of the works of the Mediterranean Corridor. The employers celebrate that the new Monforte-Elche-Orihuela section has already been inaugurated but asks for a greater effort from the Government to be able to meet deadlines and reach 2025 with the operational corridor, something practically impossible at present. The analysis of the fourteen sections left two new important milestones achieved since the last check-up in November 2020. The change to international gauge between Tarragona and Castellón has been put out to tender and the Martorell tunnel and the Monforte-Elche section have been put into operation. Orihuela, but the solution for access to the port of Alicante and ensuring continuity to Algeciras has not yet been tendered.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.