Makes sense – if they’re not going to build the AVE, why pay the architects to float around doing nothing and being paid for it?
The breaking of the contract would allow for the dissolution of the temporary construction company created by the engineers and architects to design and build the station, meaning the government wouldn’t have to pay the annual penalties.
ADIF, the railways operator, told IDEAL they had no knowledge about the breaking of the contract, and the architects refused to comment. The Ministry of Development, in charge of the project, wouldn’t comment, but a PP spokesperson said that even if the contract was broken, it didn’t mean the station wouldn’t be built in the future – “a new contract can always be signed” they reassure us.
The trouble is that the Ministry is also studying changing the AVE in Almeria to be a single line rapid speed line (rather than the two line high speed AVE). If this new plan goes ahead (and it’s only a study at the moment) then we probably won’t have a Vera station at all.