Mo­tor­way dis­counts on the hori­zon

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Heavy ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling on the AP-7 mo­tor­way from Peñís­cola to Tar­rag­ona will have dis­counts in or­der to keep them from al­ways trav­el­ling through the smaller roads, which have be­come traf­fic ac­ci­dent hotspots.

The mea­sure, which was al­ready be­ing pushed by lo­cal gov­ern­ing teams in July, fi­nally caught some at­ten­tion on a na­tional level, with min­is­ter Íñigo de la Serna con­firm­ing that the sit­u­a­tion will be re­vised once the mo­tor­way's ex­tended operation pe­riod comes to an end which, in the case of the AP-7, is in 2019.

There­fore, once the year 2019 ar­rives, heavy ve­hi­cles pass­ing through the area will likely en­joy a dis­count of be­tween 42 and 50%, and those which only travel from one vil­lage to the other will be able to do so for free.

Once heavy traf­fic shifts to the mo­tor­way from the smaller roads, ac­ci­dents are ex­pected to drop con­sid­er­ably and res­i­dents will be able to move around quicker. By Sa­man­tha Kett FRESH protests out­side Gan­dia's Ausiàs March high school were on the cur­ricu­lum for the first day of the au­tumn term and will take place one day a month un­til it gets its much-needed ren­o­va­tions.

The school, along­side the foun­tain round­about near the old hospi­tal on the Paseo, is old, cramped, in poor con­di­tions and way too small.

Teach­ers, par­ents and pupils first staged a ma­jor demon­stra­tion 12 years ago, and kids who had just started there that year are now 24 – but still, no ac­tion has been taken.

Back then, they blocked traf­fic on the round­about and hung a mas­sive ban­ner from the front of the build­ing read­ing Açó cau! ('This is fall­ing down!')

The PTA says it ' no longer has any con­fi­dence' that the re­gional gov­ern­ment will do any­thing about their grim sit­u­a­tion.

In Gan­dia alone, some 500 pupils are still tak­ing classes in echoey por­tak­abins which are bak­ing in sum­mer and freez­ing in win­ter, and most of the ma­jor works on schools promised for this year in the La Safor (Valencia prov­ince) district have been put off un­til later.

Fur­ther north, in the La Rib­era district, works had in fact started on the pri­mary school in Villanueva de Castel­lón, but only 2% of them have been done, ac­cord­ing to mayor Ós­car Noguera.

The re­gional gov­ern­ment set aside a bud­get of €5.2 mil­lion, and the low­est-bid­ding build­ing com­pany came in at €3.9m.

But they had barely started the job when they an­nounced they needed to in­crease their es­ti­mate, a re­quest rejected by ed­u­ca­tion author­i­ties.

Now, the re­gional gov­ern­ment has to re­scind the con­tract and put the job out to bid again, mean­ing work will not start un­til at least next year or the fol­low­ing.

By con­trast, a brand-new school opened for 'busi­ness' on Mon­day in Mon­ser­rat, also in La Rib­era, af­ter nine years of pres­sure from par­ents and teach­ers.

The Evarist Calatayud school's 665 pupils will be tak­ing lessons in proper brickand-mor­tar class­rooms rather than pre-fab­ri­cated build­ings from now on, and guided tours for kids and their par­ents have been given of the state-of-the-art new premises.

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