Alicante is being relegated year after year to the bottom of the central government’s investment program, which is bringing as a consequence that the infrastructures are not at the level required for what is the fifth province that generates the most Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the national level. Given this scenario, the Confederation of Entrepreneurs of the Valencian Community (CEV), the Chamber, the Federation of Public Works of the Province of Alicante (Fopa) and the Institute of Economic Studies of the province itself (Ineca), have decided to join forces and demand from the Secretariat of Infrastructures of the Ministry of Transport and Mobility the execution of railway and road projects that, as a whole, are valued at more than 3,000 million euros. Just the investment deficit that the State has in this territory, according to the estimates made.
The four organizations involved are managing a meeting with ministerial officials that, almost certainly, will be held next October. In it they plan propose nine projects which two years ago were classified as priorities in a study prepared by the Chamber and the CEV. Now they will be suitably updated, taking into account the little progress that has been made in some of them.
However, the list continues headed by the railway axis Alicante-Elche, valued at 295.4 million euros, which includes the suburban connection to the airport and a station at IFA. Also listed is the improvement of the train line between Alcoy and Xàtivabudgeted at 22 million euros, and the coast train between Valencia and Alicante, with stations in Dénia, Benissa and Benidorm, to favor the mobility of both residents and tourists, for 1,648 million.
It is also required to complete the Mediterranean corridor and the improvement of rail access to the Port of Alicante, through an investment of 216 million, as well as rail freight interchanges for 105 million.
In terms of roads, the entities request a third lane of the A-70 motorway between Alicante and Elche with a budget of 105.4 million, the duplication of the CV-95 road between Orihuela and Torrevieja with 446 million, the third lane on the A-31 motorway between Elda and Monforte del Cid at a cost of 162 million, and the splitting of the Torrevieja variant by means of 30.5 million.
The president of the CEV, Salvador Navarro, points out that it is essential that the central government make an investment effort in terms of infrastructure in the province of Alicante, and that for this it has opted to join forces between the four organizations. In his words, “it is absolutely key that we work together and that we go to the ministry with properly worked out reports to get things done. If we don’t act like this, in the end the investments will be taken by others,”
The president of CEV Alicante, Joaquín Pérez, expresses himself in similar terms, stressing that “we have been in line for a long time in terms of infrastructures and it is essential that the situation can be reversedTo do this, he insists, “we have considered the convenience of joining forces and going to Madrid together, so that we are heard and taken into account more.”
An organization that is fully involved in the matter is the Federation of Public Works of the Province of Alicante (Fopa), made up of construction companies, from which it is emphasized that it is not just about the scarce budgets that are allocated to the province of Alicante , but also from low run levelwhich barely exceeds 35% in terms of works.
The president of this entity, Javier Gisbert, points out that “it is an endemic problem that has to be turned around”. In this sense, he shows his hope that the meeting that is going to be held with the ministry bears fruit and that these infrastructures can be executed, which he adds, “are totally essential for the development and progress of this province“.
Finally, the president of Ineca, Nacho Amirola, underlines that the province of Alicante has made almost no progress in the last two decades in terms of infrastructure, which has resulted in problems of congestion, accidents and emissions. In his words, the projects that are going to be transferred to the ministry are essential, given that without them, “the economy of our territory is being weighed down not being able to compete on equal terms with other areas”. Amirola points out that the 3,000 million euros that the actions add up to are “the figure equivalent to the investment deficit that the state has had in the province since 2008, when the analyzes began of Ineca.