THE preliminary study for Lorca’s 15-kilometre section of the Almeria to Murcia AVE link still awaits approval, although Mayor Francisco Jodar insisted this was not the town hall’s fault. Lorca’s delay was the last obstacle to the high speed train’s arrival in the region now that agreement over Almeria city’s stretch of subterranean track was merely days away from being formalised, claimed junior minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Victor Morlan.
Morlan’s opinion was not well received in Lorca. During four years as mayor he had written to the minister of Public Works each month, Jodar said. He repeatedly asked for meetings with officials to organise the necessary infrastructure for the AVE’s route through the town, which in any case had to be settled before the AVE could operate between Almeria and Murcia, he maintained.
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Almeria is currently the Mediterrean Arc’s only provincial capital where the ministry of Public Works has not committed itself to a completion date – unlike Alicante and Murcia, which already know that the AVE will arrive there in 2012 and 2014 respectively.