The Airef proposed to re-evaluate 73.000 million of investments outstanding on the AVE

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the Blow of the Tax Authority on the BIRD. The Airef believes that high-speed rail not only has a profitability socio-economic “between nil and minimal”, but has also increased the disparity in regional provinces. Therefore, since the agency recommended the Government “re-evaluate” the projected investment of 73,000 million in new lines, “taking into account the data and evidence which, at best, were not taken at the time of the decision”.

So is outlined in the report on transport infrastructure presented Thursday by the body . The document, which forms part of the series of the “spending review” (review of expenditure) committed to the European Union, criticises the fact that the planning of the investment of these infrastructures has been too “ambitious, without prioritization of actions, or link budget”. As a result, it has traditionally existed in Spain an underestimation of the costs of the works to be carried out in different moments of the process of planning of the projects.”

The BIRD is the perfect example of this planning defective.

Spain is the country with the second largest network in the world (2.852 miles in operation ) and the most underused (5.435 passengers per kilometre per kilometre of track), according to the Airef, which also shows that the northern line is deficit . Despite this, the report recognizes that the average cost of the construction of the lines of BIRD is located “below the average of european and international”. In total, Spain has invested approximately 55.888 million euros in high-speed infrastructure between 1990 and 2018, according to the institution.

The figure is fifteen times more than 3.679 million that have been invested in the Vicinity over the same period. And that this service was used by 562 million in 2018, representing 90% of passengers total train this year. The Airef is critical of this low investment, and claims that these services, in addition to greater allocation, to be integrated in consortiums of metropolitan public transport to gain prominence.

“it Is proposed to undertake a process of reflection on the best distribution of powers in the metropolitan transport and about the operability and efficiency of maintaining rail systems independent in the same metropolitan areas,” reads the report.

to Limit subsidies to flights

The report of the Tax Authority also scrutinizes the bonus of the 75% of the price of air travel inter-island. The organization claims these grants, so that they modulate, in function of their level of income, or through a fixed amount per ticket.

To set this limitation, the entity proposes to set a maximum grant per resident, or limit the number of flights that can make a year.

With this measure, the Airef aims to optimize this grant, which amounted to 730 million euros to the public purse in the last twelve months, and to avoid the distortions that are considered to be leading in this transport, both in price as in the traveler profile, as well as in the market.

as Well, points out that since the percentage of the ticket price to subsidize increased from 50% to 75% of the total, the price of tickets have risen by 12% in the case of journeys between the iberian Peninsula and the Canary islands, and a 15% in that link with the Balearic islands.

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