The Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos, remarked that "today we not only put a stretch of AVE into service, today the improvement of transport and global mobility in the south of the peninsula begins." The new connection, of 126 new kilometers of AVE, has been endowed with 1,675 million euros and in just three weeks more than 40,000 tickets have been sold.
The Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos, on the inaugural trip of the AVE between Madrid and Granada, has indicated that "completing the high-speed rail connection with Granada was a priority for this Government".
The delegation, headed by the acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, also accompanied by the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, Pedro Saura, the President of Renfe, Isaías Taboas and the President of Adif, Isabel Pardo de Vera, He has made the Madrid-Granada journey with a stop in Antequera, where the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno, has joined.
Ábalos, in his speech, has recognized that "development policies not only connect peoples and territories, energizing their economies, but are key to consolidating a sense of belonging to a collective project as a nation," adding that "the management of Infrastructures should promote feelings of solidarity and collective pride, not of comparative grievance Infrastructures should unite us, in no case separate us ".
In reference to the work to end the railway isolation of Granada in recent years, the minister said that "this is what we have done this last year: to occupy ourselves, and not just worry, to solve the Granada-Madrid-Barcelona connection by AVE "
Global improvement of mobility in the south of the peninsula
For Ábalos, the work has not concluded here, but "the arrival of the AVE to Granada opens a new path for the whole of the Andalusian provinces, which will see how their interprovincial connections will improve as a result of the commissioning of this line Today begins the improvement of transport and global mobility in the south of the peninsula. "
Regarding the figures of the project that is inaugurated today, 126 new kilometers of AVE, 1,675 million euros invested and more than 40,000 tickets sold in these last three weeks, the minister emphasizes that "Fomento is looking for the improvement of transport and mobility of the whole ".
In short, according to Ábalos, "today we are in luck because Granada has some great rail connections, and because anyone who wants to follow Hemingway's advice can get to Granada from Barcelona or Madrid on a high-speed AVE, just like this city and this province they deserved for years ".