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Old June 18th, 2005, 09:35 PM   #1
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SPAIN | Urban Transport Compilation

Railways to get main slice of €241.4bn transport overhaul
16 June 2005
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THE Spanish government plans to invest €241.4bn ($295.2bn) on transport infrastructure over the next 15 years, in a programme that will focus largely on a radical overhaul of the country’s outdated railway lines.

About half of the total sum — to be raised from both the public purse and the private sector — will go toward building a mixed-traffic European gauge rail network and providing direct links to each Spanish province.

Targeting investment on rail infrastructure goes hand -in-hand with legislative moves to liberalise the rail freight sector and open it up to private operators.

Leading domestic construction companies such as ACS and FCC have already positioned themselves to enter this market and compete directly with Renfe Operadora, the state operator.

The Spanish government has left little doubt that it views development of the rail sector as a fundamental element of its long-term transport policy.

The 15-year investment plan, which was unveiled last December by Public Works Minister Magdalena Álvarez, aims to co-ordinate spending across all modes and promote a sustainable and secure transport network, one that encourages intermodality.

Of the total € 241.4bn budget envisaged in the programme, about 60% will come from government coffers, with the balance to be secured through public/private partnerships.

Just 10% of the forecast spend, some €23.5bn, will be earmarked for the maritime and port sectors.

The focus here will be on boosting the role of shipping within broader logistics chains, particularly within the context of shortsea shipping.

Much of that investment will go on improving hinterland links to ease quayside bottlenecks, developing logistics platforms and promoting motorways of the sea.

Anave, the Spanish shipowners’ association, has broadly welcomed the plan, particularly because of the government’s commitment to review it every four years, a move that the association believes will ensure the sector’s “dynamic reality” is accurately reflected.

Anave also praised the plan’s focus on a multimodal approach to maritime-related infrastructure investment and its emphasis on shortsea shipping.

The plan recognises the need for greater contributions from transport users toward paying for infrastructure, something that Anave believes is sensible if it applies to all modes.

Among other beneficial elements, the association highlighted the references within the proposal to finding means of providing incentives for the renewal and modernisation of the Spanish-flag fleet.

It also approved of the government’s aims within the context of transport safety and security, but cautioned that as far as the maritime sector was concerned, the proper venue for such debate was the International Maritime Organization.
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Old June 18th, 2005, 10:51 PM   #2
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Yes, we are improving our whole network!!


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Old June 19th, 2005, 12:36 AM   #3
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Spain already has made huge improvements in the last +/- 15 years...! And it's still getting better...
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Old June 19th, 2005, 08:27 PM   #4
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Spain is a world leader in realising the benefits are proper transportation systems. I wish Canada could do the same. We are the only OECD country without a national transportation policy which is even bissare when you consider our size.
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Old June 19th, 2005, 10:11 PM   #5
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Spain is a world leader in realising the benefits are proper transportation systems. I wish Canada could do the same. We are the only OECD country without a national transportation policy which is even bissare when you consider our size.
Things are not so good here in Britain either.

Since privatisation the cost of improving our system has gone up so much that we are running just to stand still. We really should be electrifying more lines and expanding capacity to cope with demand - but it simply is not happening.

OK there has been one very prestigious improvement (West Coast Main Line) but this improvement had to be scaled back to cut costs plus comes at a price of poorer services for local people where the fast trains and local trains share the same tracks. (eg: Birmingham area)

One problem on our mainline railways is since privatisation whenever a line is closed for maintenance or upgrading works the organisation which causd the closure has to pay compensation to all the other train operating companies which also use that track. This significantly increases costs compared to before - and since most of the money effectively comes from the govt. it means that in the final analysis it is taxpayer's money that is being given to pivate company shareholders - in the name of investing in the railways.

The only really new investment in Britain has been the high speed Chunnel tunnel rail link, which is great for people travelling between London and europe; and of no benefit to anyone else.

Several cities are trying to get new light rail / tram systems but again because of privatisation and the way the design-build-operate contracts work the private companies investing in these schemes are having to increase the costs to build the lines as otherwise if something untoward happens during construction they risk running out of money. Meanwhile the govt. is complaining because of rising costs - it simply does not want to know that it is partly to blame! Even worse, in Feb 2000 the government cynically incread the cost of moving underground utilities for new new tram systems, but not for new roads.

Methinks the govt wants people to use their own cars - because of the very hight tax revenues it earns on petrol. (approx 75% of the cost of petrol is tax)

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Old June 20th, 2005, 01:02 PM   #6
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Yes, we are improving our whole network!!
It was high time we did so!! A marvellous network with routes being served by one train per day or at the most two: how great! Maybe commuter trains are the only ones that give a good service.
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Old July 17th, 2005, 07:35 PM   #7
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Spain Govt OKs 15-Year, EUR248.9 Bln Infrastructure Plan
15 July 2005

MADRID (Dow Jones)--The Spanish government approved Friday the final version of an ambitious public works and transport infrastructure development plan that budgets EUR248.9 billion for the next 15 years.

The plan will focus on the expansion of high-speed railroads and highway networks to boost the quality of life of Spaniards, improving the country's economic development and competitiveness, said Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez after the government's weekly cabinet meeting.

Close to 44% of total investments, which include private financing, will be allocated to high-speed railroad projects; while another 25% of total funds would be used for highway upgrades and developments.

The plan seeks to expand the country's high-speed railroad network to 10,000 kilometers from the current 1,031, and is intended to link all provincial capitals.

Spain's highway network will be almost doubled to 15,000 kilometers from the current 9,000.

The government's previous public works investment plan, for the 2000-07 period, was set at EUR114 billion.

"It was this investment, together with housing, which fueled the current construction boom in Spain," Morgan Stanley said in a research note.

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Old May 23rd, 2007, 12:52 AM   #8
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Subways of Spain: The photo thread

some pictures of the underground systems in Spain.

Let´s start with Madrid:


Estación de Arganzuela-Planetario
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Inside the trains
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Chamartin Station
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Bibliometro: mini public library at the station
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Principe Pio
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 01:01 AM   #9
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thats amazing!!! so futuristic!!!
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 01:08 AM   #10
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Metro de Bilbao

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Excellent photos! Please continue...

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How does it work? Is it possible to walk inside?
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 01:37 AM   #12
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Metro de Barcelona

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How does it work? Is it possible to walk inside?
thanks!

Actually, you just need your regular public library id card and you can withdraw the books for 15 days, then you just have to return then there (it´s posible to walk inside when it´s open) or you can just leave it in the boxmail of any Bibliometro at any station when you are done with it.
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 01:53 AM   #14
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 05:12 AM   #15
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Muy buenas fotos.

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Really nice pictures.

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Old May 23rd, 2007, 05:40 AM   #16
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And Palma de Mallorca metro?
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 10:37 AM   #17
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Jesus station... hehehehehehhe
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 02:02 PM   #18
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Nice photos!! Go on with Palma's metro :P
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Old May 24th, 2007, 12:56 PM   #19
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Fantastic job, Skylandman. Great...

I'm love with those Bilbao stations, so futuristic...

I don't like these triple bars:

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I've seen them also in France (I don't remember weather in Paris or Lyon). But if you're standing next to the bar and put your arm through the bars, and the train suddenly brakes, you will get a triple broken arm (as when you're wearing a helmet on your arm and you have an accident with your bike)

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Ok guys, it´s time for a few pics of Metro de Palma de Mallorca:

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More pics and info in: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...456346&page=33
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