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The Platform in Defense of the Railway of the Region of Murcia demands the reopening of the Lorca-Almanzora - Baza - Guadix line, taking advantage of part of its route (05/10/2019)

The Platform in Defense of the Railroad of the Region of Murcia, composed of several trade union organizations, consumer associations, users and environmental organizations, has held in Lorca (Casa Huerto Ruano, Avda. Juan Carlos I), during yesterday and today , the Conference “The Southeast Railway;

For a Public, Social and Sustainable Train ”.

They have also attended the platforms of the provinces of Almería, Granada and Jaén, as well as members of the State Coordinator for the Public, Social and Sustainable Train.

The Conference has had the collaboration of the Mayor's Office and the whole of the Municipal Corporation of Lorca.

The objectives of this day have been mainly to address the situation and the future of the railroad in the southeast of Spain.

The platform advocates the defense of a public train, environmentally and socially sustainable, that is a fundamental backbone of transport in the Region of Murcia.

The choice of the city as the headquarters of the Day is significant, given that Lorca is a unique enclave in the future Basic Spanish Railway Network, within the Basic Trans-European Railway Network, which will be defined by the European Commission in 2023, and which will be put into service in 2030, within the European Union's rail policy known as “Connecting Europe” and within the framework of the EU measures to reduce gas emissions with the effect of 60% greenhouse in the field of transport, in 2050.

The capital of Guadalentín is an enclave on the Spanish railway map, having a fundamental role in the connections of Granada and Almeria with the rest of the Mediterranean Corridor.

In the Conference the topics of the update of the railway infrastructures (improvement of the curves and slopes) have been treated as one of the proposals to promote the Mediterranean Corridor within the aforementioned basic network, so that trains can circulate of goods along with commuter trains, regional trains and the long-distance railway.

An analysis of the general situation of the railway in Murcia highlights the historical and constant deterioration of railway infrastructure in our region.

This fact, together with the little or no concern of political power, has been one of the most significant elements in the decline of conventional railways as a sustainable means of transporting passengers and goods.

This dismantling process continues to deepen, justified only by criteria of economic profitability and bypassing social and environmental profitability.

At the state level, the transport of goods by rail has been reduced to 2% with respect to the total means of transport, a contrast with the percentage of between 30% and 50% that represents the railroad as a means of transporting goods in others countries

The increase in investment inequality is another fact, by prioritizing the AVE, an expensive, minority means of transport over the conventional train network, much more affordable, majority and socially profitable, which can connect both cities to a network large as small, as well as to the regions of the region.

The role of the railroad as a means of public transport has decreased due to this situation of constant deterioration of the conventional, commuter and medium distance rail.

The commitment to conventional railways would reduce pollution problems and reduce energy expenditure.

However, rail policy follows this dismantling task, threatening to eliminate any layout that is not subject to the narrow profitability of the market.

This situation directly favors the car and road transport much more polluting and with greater environmental impacts.

Source: Plataforma en Defensa del Ferrocarril de la Región

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