Spain finally admits it just can’t afford the AVE network

Here’s an interesting fact for you: Spain has this year cut spending on the expansion of its AVE network by 2.214 million euros. That’s money that was supposed to have been spent this year, but now won’t be. That’s equivalent to: more than the budget for the National Education Ministry; half the National Defense budget; about the same as the non-contributive Pensions budget; 3% of GNP. The graph above explains in brief where the cuts Continue reading Spain finally admits it just can’t afford the AVE network

Leaked railways document confirms no plans for Almeria’s AVE

A leaked document from ADIF, the railways operator, that Ideal newspaper got hold of, appears to confirm that those in power have no plans whatsoever to continue with the Almeria high speed train link. “Not one cent more for the railway in the province” according to Ideal. The document, which is a high level strategy document adjusting the national strategy for railways, says that the AVE to Murcia should be finished off, and then the Continue reading Leaked railways document confirms no plans for Almeria’s AVE

No EU money for AVE line until after 2020 – it’s official, it’s abandoned

The EU has confirmed that it has no plans to finance the local high speed train in Almeria until after 2020. Following on from yesterdays announcement that the local AVE line has been dropped from Europe’s list of “priority rail investments”, the EU budget office has confirmed to Spanish MEP’s that no money will be allocated in the current round of transport investments. This means that Almeria will have to battle for EU cash in Continue reading No EU money for AVE line until after 2020 – it’s official, it’s abandoned

Europe abandons Almeria’s AVE high speed train link

We currently have 19 km of high speed train line built in the province – the bit from Sorbas to Garrucha.  It includes Spains second longest tunnel. You’ve seen it. It was originally a “priority” for Spain, when it was announced, and it was planned to be the coastal link of the “Meditterean Corridor”, a high speed rail link up and down the Med, from Portugal to Italy. Then the crisis hit. And, as we Continue reading Europe abandons Almeria’s AVE high speed train link

AVE train line work slowed – completion date set back

Ideal newspaper is reporting that the General Budget for 2013 has put back work on the AVE high speed trainline, with the completion date now slipping to “late” 2017. The budget, which is allocated about 40% less money for investment than last year, has reduced the importance of the Almería works, whilst keeping the line to Murcia as “urgent”. Meaning, basically, that they’re concentrating the money they have on the line to Murcia, and will Continue reading AVE train line work slowed – completion date set back

Almería – Madrid train line upgraded

RENFE, the train company, has just launched its new Talgo 334 engine, which apparantly shaves 30 minutes off the Almería to Madrid train travel time. It now only takes 6 hours and 20 minutes by train to Madrid. The time saving is gained by the fact that you no longer have to stop at the Linares – Baeza station to change engines – the new engines, capable of up to 200KPH, can use the same Continue reading Almería – Madrid train line upgraded

AVE

I notice with interest that they have started taking soil samples along the projected AVE route. Despite the news in the Costa Almeria, still seems to be running very close to the houses in Turre! Not sure what’s worse, small compensation and no house, or no compensation, house and a bloody big train line through the middle of your garden.