“We clearly position ourselves against the alternative bus service”, warned the spokesperson of the Platform
About 300 residents of Águilas, members of the Platform in Defense of the Railroad and political groups joined this Thursday in
Eagles to show their rejection of the closure of the Cercanías line between Murcia, Lorca and Águilas (C-2) and the medium distance line between Cartagena and Albacete. Different personalities also attended the event, such as the film director Benito Rabal and the engineer, sociologist and journalist Pedro Morata.
After half past six in the afternoon, members of the Platform in Defense of the Railroad began to display banners at the Aguilas Station. Little by little, the neighbors joined a protest that they considered “fair and logical.” The platform’s spokesperson, Antonio del Campo, explained to LA VERDAD that “
We demand from Adif the compatibility of the services of the Águilas-Lorca-Murcia line while the works of the Mediterranean Corridor last. We clearly position ourselves against the alternative bus service announced for November 20, because this will cause
1,200,000 travelers decide to take the car, since the buses double the time to the railroad».
Del Campo assured that “we are going to continue defending that the Cercanías works while the works are carried out, just as it happens every time a railway structure is modernized.” He added that “we believe it is possible, as it is reflected in the projects approved by Adif.”
Film director Benito Rabal was in charge of reading a manifesto in defense of Cercanías. «
We cannot lose the connections with Lorca, Murcia and Madrid, as well as with Pulpí, Puerto Lumbreras, Totana, Alhama, Librilla and Alcantarilla ”, he assured. We are not going to allow it; the line will hold. Later, it was the turn of the president of the Association of Friends of the El Labradorcico Railroad, Miguel Losilla; the president of the Platform, Juan Antonio Conesa; the CC OO secretary Josefa Paez, and Pedro Morata.
The presidents of the PP of Águilas and Lorca, Eva Reverte and Fulgencio Gil, respectively, seconded the demands of the platform. Reverte pointed out that
“We want modern trains, of course, but the line has to be cut in sections so that the service continues to be provided”. For her part, the councilor of Águilas, the socialist Mari Carmen Moreno, pointed out that “the closure of the service during the works does not mean the end of the train, nor does it mean that Águilas will not have guaranteed transportation. After the works, we will have a 21st century train. We will ask Adif to keep the cuts as low as possible ».