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The High-speed Train will join the Basque Country and the Mediterranean in only 4 hours

2009 November 4

The project, led by the Ministry of Public Works under José Blanco, was the subject of an official presentation in Zaragoza attended by the Lehendakari

The Lehendakari, Patxi Lopez, attended the presentation of the railway corridor designed to link the communities of the Cantabria region and those of the Mediterranean, which will have a total of more than 700 km consisting of both new and refurbished sections of track. Lopez highlighted the importance of a project that helps to strengthen the essential structures of Spain and improve the economic and social development of the regions involved.

Rail link that joins the Cantabria region and Mediterranean in just 4 hours This is the aim of a project that seeks to create a high-speed railway corridor between the communities of northern and eastern Spain. This project, led by the Ministry of Public Works, involves seven autonomous communities, including the Basque Country. The Lehendakari, Patxi Lopez, highlighted the "enormous importance for the future of Spain and the economic and social development of each one of the regions included in the high-speed train route", which he considered to be "vital for their future".

The official presentation of the new railway link took place at the Zaragoza Conference Centre. The ceremony was attended by the Public Works Minister, José Blanco, and the presidents and regional ministers of the seven Autonomous Communities through which the corridor will run: The Basque Country, Navarre, La Rioja, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Aragón and Valencia.

In his address, the Lehendakari, Patxi Lopez, underlined the "great importance of this project for the future of Spain", as the Cantabria-Mediterranean railway corridor will enhance the economic and social development of each one of the regions through which the train will run. This project is important "because it represents an investment that will generate employment and added value" in times of crisis and because this high-performance railway line "will join such far distant cities as Bilbao and Valencia via a fast, safe, modern and sustainable corridor". "It will strengthen the essential structures of the country via a cross-country route that will not only unite a number of different regions but fulfil the long-held wish to join our two great seas", he pointed out.

In fact, the "rather unusual" photograph of the representatives of seven Autonomous Communities involved in the same project reflects, in the opinion of the Lehendakari, the importance of a project that "demonstrates our capacity to get together in order to bring large projects involving the whole country to a successful conclusion and to work in favour of our joint development and welfare".

Almost 800 km of high-speed railway

This high-speed railway corridor is over 780 kilometres in length and includes both new and refurbished sections of track. One of the sections of greatest interest to the Basque Government is the link between the Basque Country and Navarre. In fact, the Lehendakari used the occasion to ask the Ministry to "speed up as far as possible the procedure to secure approval for the study of a link between the Basque railway network and the Navarre high-speed corridor". "I urge the Ministry to adopt the most appropriate solution in order to limit the effect on the natural parks of Aizkorri and Aralar and to propose the route with the lowest impact from an environmental viewpoint", he added.

Lastly, the Lehendakari expressed his support for a project that "will transform Spain economically and socially" and which, he declared, will represent a "triumph" for democracy over terrorism, which will never succeed in preventing this from happening.



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