The PP brings to Congress the restitution of railway services suspended due to the pandemic

MADRID, 27 Nov.

The PP brings to Congress the restitution of railway services suspended due to the pandemic


The Plenary of the Congress of Deputies will vote this week on a PP motion to restore 100% of the rail services that were suspended after the declaration of the state of alarm due to the pandemic, as well as various measures related to the improvement and promotion of services railwaymen.

In the text, collected by Europa Press, the Popular Group argues that it is urgent to return to the Spaniards the frequencies suspended by the pandemic, especially in what affects rural areas, where the railway "acquires greater relevance as a tool to fight against depopulation and structure the territory".

In the motion, the 'popular' also refer to Renfe's 2015 Employment Plan, since in the group's opinion "it is causing a lack of replacement in the workforce of train drivers due to the retirements that are taking place". In this sense, the group requires compliance with said plan to fill the vacancies.

The 'popular' make a separate mention of the state of the Cercanías and Rodalies services, where, in their opinion, the incidents are daily. That is why the group asks to promote improvement plans for these services.

In turn, they criticize the "worrying delays" in the rate of construction of railway infrastructures essential for the connection with Europe, in reference to the Mediterranean Corridor and the Atlantic Corridor. With respect to this last appreciation, the formation requests to speed up the construction of two railway corridors.

Among the other requests, the PP asks to review the dynamic fare system, implemented by Renfe, to avoid increasing the price of AVE and Long Distance tickets; as well as the revision of the rates of Renfe Mercancías.

Added to this motion by the PP is another by the CUP, in which it proposes to transfer the Rodalies service to the Catalan and Valencian administrations, accompanied by an extraordinary budget that triples the current investment in order to guarantee a service with more quality, more frequency, more wagons and new tracks and stations.

The Republican formation also registers other requests in energy matters, requesting to increase the emission reduction targets before 2030 to 55%. In addition, they propose to prepare an update of the Determined Contributions at the National Level, in order not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius of increase in the average planetary temperature.