Toll free AP-7 vow con­firmed

Va­len­cia govern­ment has con­nec­tions in high places

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By Dave Jones PRES­I­DENT of the Va­len­cia re­gion Ximo Puig has met with the new min­is­ter for pub­lic works, José Luis Ába­los to ‘es­tab­lish a work­ing dy­namic’ between the two ad­min­is­tra­tions.

Both are now run by the So­cial­ist party (PSOE), with Sr Ába­los hail­ing from the Va­len­cia re­gion – and Sr Puig (PSOE) rul­ing in coali­tion with the Com­pro­mís party.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Sr Puig an­nounced that they had set up a joint com­mis­sion which will bring to­gether of­fi­cials from the pub­lic works depart­ment and their coun­ter­parts in Va­len­cia. This will al­low reg­u­lar meet­ings to be car­ried out ‘with the ob­jec­tive of im­prov­ing trans­port and mo­bil­ity’ and the ca­pac­ity for busi­nesses to com­pete, he added.

The new re­la­tion­ship will not mean favour­ing Va­len­cia, but ‘treat­ing the re­gion fairly’.

Sr Puig assured that the na­tional govern­ment has taken on board the wishes of Va­len­cia over the so-called Mediter­ranean cor­ri­dor – the train and freight axis which is sup­posed to link the east coast of Spain with the rest of Europe. And he noted that Sr Ába­los had re­it­er­ated his vow to make the AP-7 mo­tor­way toll free between Ali­cante city and Tar­rag­ona when the con­ces­sion ex­pires on the road at the end of next year.

Coun­cil­lor for pub­lic works and hous­ing, María José Sal­vador also at­tended the meet­ing, along with high rank­ing civil ser­vants.

New junc­tions planned Af­ter the meet­ing Sra Sal­vador pre­sented a study com­piled by the re­gional govern­ment on im­prove­ments to ac­cess to the AP-7 which are needed ‘af­ter it is made toll free’.

She noted that their re­port – drawn up by re­gional govern­ment civil ser­vants with the help of coun­cil of­fi­cers – has been handed to the min­istry.

The pro­posal in­cludes seven new junc­tions to reach the mo­tor­way and three im­prove­ment plans for ex­ist­ing roads.

Sra Sal­vador noted that the min­istry is al­ready work­ing on the link road from the N-332 to the AP-7 at the south of Oliva ‘which will al­low a new ac­cess point’ to the mo­tor­way.

This will act as a by­pass and mean driv­ers do not have to pass through the town cen­tre, she noted, ‘re­duc­ing con­ges­tion and con­tam­i­na­tion and im­prov­ing road safety’. They have also asked for the N-332 between Gata and Pe­dreguer to be turned into a dual car­riage­way to im­prove traf­fic flow.

Sra Sal­vador’s depart­ment has also pro­posed the build­ing of a link road between the AP-7 and the N-332 in Al­tea, Alfàs del Pi and La Nucía.

“As in Oliva, the sec­tion of the N-332 which passes through Al­tea is very con­gested and cre­ates a lot of con­tam­i­na­tion, es­pe­cially in the sum­mer,” ex­plained Sra Sal­vador. “Our so­lu­tion would im­prove ac­cess to this area and al­low the AP-7 to be used as a by­pass for Al­tea.

“At the same time it would im­prove traf­fic flow and ac­cess to Alfàs del Pi and La Nucía.”

The re­gional govern­ment has es­ti­mated that their im­prove­ment plan would cost a to­tal of €220 mil­lion. A car with fake num­ber plates was found on Satur­day (July 7) at around 14.30 in a street in Pi­nar de Cam­pov­erde by the lo­cal po­lice. Ac­cord­ing to a Pi­lar de la Ho­radada town hall spokesman, the car had been stolen in May in Ori­huela Costa. It was be­ing driven by a youth aged un­der 18, who was ar­rested and charged with a crime of car theft. Ad­di­tion­ally on Tues­day (July 10) at 03.45 a teenager was ar­rested fol­low­ing a bur­glary at premises in Torre de la Ho­radada.

Ximo Puig (cen­tre right) with José Luis Ába­los on his left

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