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Spain splashing out on infrastructure

Posted on 19 July 2017

If you’re about to buy your dream home in Spain, you’ll want to be able to jump in your car or hop on public transport to get from A to B with ease. That might involve anything from popping to the shops for barbecue supplies or heading to the beach to catch some rays, to travelling hundreds of kilometres to visit another part of this fabulous country. So you’ll be pleased to hear that high-level investment in road and rail infrastructure projects will make your life in Spain even more enjoyable.

Road

The Spanish government is finally putting the effects of the of the 2008 global financial crisis behind them, having recently announced plans for a highway investment programme. Around €5 billion of public and private funds will be used to improve and develop 2,000 kilometres (1,243 miles) of roads around the country over the next three years. According to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, “We’re in a position to boost our infrastructure”.

The decision to put out tenders with 30-year maintenance contacts demonstrates the government’s commitment to upgrading the highway system in the long term, following a sustained period of austerity measures that restricted the implementation of such projects.

Rail

Times may have been tough post 2008, but one thing the government remained determined to accomplish was the tireless extension of a state-of-the-art high-speed rail network, which is planned to reach every corner of the Iberian Peninsula. While here in Britain concerns grow that the proposed HS2 high-speed railway project will run over budget, create havoc during construction and have disastrous environmental consequences, over in Spain things are very different. The 2900 kilometre high-speed network is now the world’s second largest after China; with plans in place to eventually develop 5000 kilometres of lines.

You can jump on one of these super-fast streamlined chariots in Málaga, on the Costa del Sol, and arrive 512 kilometres away in central Madrid just two and a half hours later. To put this into context, that’s half the time it takes to complete the 534 kilometre journey between London and Edinburgh by train.

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