Almería’s Mayor warns we “can forget about the AVE” until the next decade as budget cuts bite

The Mayor of Almería, Luis Rogelio Rodríguez-Comendador, said today in a keynote speech at the influential “Foro Europeo” forum in Seville that we in Almería can “realistically” forget about getting the AVE within at least the next decade. Luis is a PP politician, the same as the national government, but he accused both the PP and the PSOE of make vague promises about the AVE with no real desire or money to complete the project. Continue reading Almería’s Mayor warns we “can forget about the AVE” until the next decade as budget cuts bite

Why is Spain advertising in the UK that it’s building a train line in Saudi Arabia?

Spotted this advert from the Ministerio de Fomento in todays Times: The Times and The Sunday Times e-paper – The Times – 7 Nov 2011 – Page #33 “Spain to build and operate Saudi Arabia High-Speed rail line.” announces the advert. (Shouldn’t that be Saudi Arabian high speed?) Spanish-Saudi consortium… blah blah… 160.000 passengers a day… Meca to Medina… All very good, but why did the Spanish government feel they have to take a 1/4 Continue reading Why is Spain advertising in the UK that it’s building a train line in Saudi Arabia?

State takes control of Andalucia’s AVE investments

Remember that the EU has promised to finish off the high speed railway AVE down to Algeciras? Well, today Madrid announced that it will take control of all of the construction work back from Seville, and will “compensate” Seville for the 280 million euros it has invested so far. The money was spent building 77km between Marchena and Antequera (Málaga). Andalucia was the only region to have spent any of its own money on the Continue reading State takes control of Andalucia’s AVE investments

Well, the AVE has been saved by Europe

Well, what do you know. Europe has, somewhat to my surprise, agreed to add the corredor mediterraneo to its European network plan, and will finish off the line. In fact, it’ s written a huge cheque to underwrite the Spanish and Portugese railways. The coastal line will run through the provinces of Barcelona, Tarragona, Castellón, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Almería before diverting inland to Granada and carrying on to Seville. The EU will pay for Continue reading Well, the AVE has been saved by Europe

The current state of the AVE line in Almería

Been looking everywhere for this, and eventually found it on ABC.es (after all, why would the government publish this information in an easy to find format? Duh!) The comments come from Jesús Miranda Hita, subsec of the Ministry of Development, after he came down to have a look at the state of the Ave line in Almeria (a project I expect the new PP government will drop like a hot potato). 27,8km of the AVE Continue reading The current state of the AVE line in Almería