Former Vice President of the Government, Minister of Public Works and founder of Foro Asturias Francisco Álvarez-Cascos tried to influence how the Variante de Pajares was defined with the argument “here I do what comes out of my balls”. Acting State Secretary of Infrastructure and former president of ADIF, Isabel Pardo de Vera, announced this.
“They asked me to receive it personally, with the president of Adif,” referring to Juan Bravo, the railroad’s number one manager at the time. “He was not yet the president, he was the director,” he said at a press conference with the principality’s president, Adrian Barboni, and the minister of rural affairs and territorial unity, Alejandro Calvo.
“I sat down with Mr. Kasko, we had a meeting. I with all the technical knowledge and understanding that he was an engineer or whatever he boasted. (…) After explaining to him for two and a half hours in front of the president, Álvarez-Cascos said: “I understand it perfectly, but here they are doing what comes out of my balls because it is the voice of Foro Asturias. Decisive for the general budget”, said Pardo de Vera.
“Fortunately, I must say that for the Asturian infrastructure, the censure motion came and Minister Abalos and the government team appointed me as the president of Adif, we kept the projects as we technically thought,” said the transport number two. Impact, Mobility and the Urban Agenda.
During this meeting, the vote of Foro Asturias played a decisive role in the approval of the general state budget of the government of Mariano Rajoy.
The option will be ready this year
At the aforementioned press conference in Oviedo, Pardo de Vera assured that the Pajares option will be commissioned in 2023.
According to Europa Press, Pardo de Vera apologized for the two-month delay for the “optimistic” forecast of the transition from “work area” to “circulation management”, which was originally planned for December and is now scheduled for the second half of 2018. February; As well as the vicissitudes of the project and the “most unfortunate” incidents, which he said were also the object of “a lot of manipulation and political Manichaeism”, which he believed meant “discrediting” the Asturians.
After the safety tests, which will take place from March to April, it will be possible to determine the date of operation of the infrastructure, noted the Secretary of State.
Regarding the times, he indicated that the forecast is that Madrid will connect to Oviedo in 3 hours, and Gijon in 3.20 hours without stopping, plus the minutes connected in the intermediate stops that can be made. However, he added that the new trains will allow to reach a speed of about 330 kilometers per hour through the Meseta, which will be able to neutralize this minute stoppage.
Source: El Diario