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The train to Bilbao key in the Cantabria elections

wilmer ayala

May 14, 2023 | 3:30 p.m.

The national deputy of the PRC, José María Mazón, will not sit idly by. In the coming week, he will present a resounding request to the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez: that the Santander-Bilbao train be included in the Extended Basic Network of the Trans-European Transport Network. And all this will take place during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union in the second half of this year.

Claim to the Sánchez Government

This will be the central theme of the question that Mazón will formulate to Pedro Sánchez in the control session to the Government in the Plenary Session of the Congress of Deputies next Wednesday. The train project between Santander and Bilbao already has the support of the European Parliament. This support was achieved after the amendments proposed by the Government of Cantabria were accepted, a management led by Miguel Ángel Revilla, president of Cantabria and candidate for re-election.

A project with a view to 2040

Revilla not only negotiated these amendments with different parliamentary groups, but also has in mind that the infrastructure be executed before 2040. The Santander-Bilbao train is considered the "workhorse" of the regionalists. This project is added to other commitments such as the execution of the works on the train to Madrid or the development of the Cercanías Plan.

Commitments and Hopes

"We will continue to be just as demanding and we will be just as attentive so that all commitments are fulfilled," Mazón declares. And he adds, "we hope to receive a firm commitment from Sánchez with this train to Bilbao that connects us with the Ebro and with Europe." Undoubtedly, the regionalist insists that this project will be essential in the political strategy of his party.

If approved, this project would not only benefit Cantabria, but could also result in a major economic and infrastructure boost for the Bilbao region. The connection between Santander and Bilbao is essential for the development of the area, providing an efficient and fast transportation route that could foster economic growth and regional cooperation.

In this context, the Cantabria elections are emerging as a key scenario for the future of the Santander-Bilbao train. Undoubtedly, this project will be a decisive factor in the campaign and could prove decisive at the polls. Citizens are attentive and expect concrete solutions that improve their quality of life and the development of their region. The Santander-Bilbao train could be one of those solutions.

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