González Corral denounces Sánchez’s “disdain” towards Castilla y León: “Neither transparency, nor investments nor loyalty”

The Minister of Mobility and Digital Transformation, Maria Gonzalez Corralhas been the third member of the Executive chaired by Fernández Mañueco to appear before the Cortes of Castilla y León, which has enabled these first two weeks of July for this purpose, to report on the fulfillment of its legislative objectives, when it is halfway through.

During his initial speech before the questions and assessments of the opposition, González Corral highlighted as achievements the fact of having All contracts planned with European funds have been awarded on time, which, according to him, amount to 90 million, 9.89 percent of the budgeted resources, and which have risen to 910 million in the years 2022 and 2023.

Likewise, he valued the Awarding of works for bicycle lanes with an investment of 15.7 million; the contracts tendered for an amount of 32 million euros that have been awarded in 2023 for the intelligent transport system (ITS); or the subsidies for the fleet transformation, with an increase from the initial 12.8 million to the current 30 million.

He also highlighted the training of 16,000 people in digital skills out of a total of 35,000 or the new tender for the component intended for rural environment – demographic challenge amounting to 7.7 million to continue promoting this program, which will mean allocating 15 million in the legislature.

And he added that the contract for the execution of the project is being processed or is in the bidding phase. digitalization of the Administrationwith an amount of 14 million.

On the other hand, the counselor pointed out that turn Castilla y León into a leading logistics hub, both at national and European level, due to its geographical position and the industrial activity of the Community, is the great objective that the Ministry of Mobility and Digital Transformation has set itself with the design of a logistics strategy.

A strategy that, he said, will be a “reference instrument for developing the logistics potential of Castilla y León”,

Roadworks

In terms of roads, the councillor announced a new push for digitalization of roadsto which 400 million have been allocated since 2022 for different interventions with 328 million contracts tendered as of December 31, 2024 to improve road connectivity.

Corral advanced the creation, for two million euros, of a digital platform, to manage all the information of the autonomous network. A measure that, in his opinion, will promote the future implementation of an integrated conservation system that allows for “more operational” management.

He also valued the Four million to promote smart signage intended to alert against the invasion of wildlife on roads, with the implementation of signs that emit different alerts depending on the risk at any given time and to reduce accidents.

And as new projects, he mentioned the contract of the Guardo variant, with 14 million, which will connect Asturias with Aguilar de Campoo, via Robla and Guardo, and will constitute the longest viaduct on the regional roads.

The tendering of the works for the Salas de los Infantes bypass, which will entail a total investment of 10.5 million, was also progressing this year. He also explained that the tendering of the project for the widening of the road on the CL-505 in the Ávila section with the intersection of the AV-503 has been completed.

Within the framework of the León-Puebla de Sanabria-Braganza connection, he explained that the project for strengthening the CL-622, between Santa María del Páramo-La Bañeza, has been drawn up and is currently in the supervision phase.

As for upcoming actions, he mentioned a programme with a budget of 9 million for the modernisation and urban adaptation of 30 crossings that have public transport stops.

Regarding metropolitan transport, the councilor assured that they will continue moving forward so that the Community is not affected by the state transport map, as well as in the collaboration protocols, which will soon be signed with Burgos, Salamanca and Segovia.

And he highlighted the project of Implementation of 110 smart bus shelterswith an investment of 4.5 million euros, which will allow “transport cards to be recharged at the bus shelter itself.”

As well as the plan for the reform of the bus stations, which has had a budget of 40.3 million euros.

Plays

The councillor gave an account of the works tendered or awarded in the nine provinces. Thus, in Avilaannounced that the works on the V-915, from Sotillo de la Adrada to the border of the Community of Castilla-La Mancha, have been put out to tender and will be awarded in the coming weeks; in Burgos, the works on the BU-921, from Huerta de Rey to Caleruega, which are in progress, or the already completed works on the BU-642 to widen the bridge over the Ebro reservoir in Arija.

in Leonthe completion of the modernization works of the LE-413 from Villadangos del Páramo to Valcabado; in Palenciathe rehabilitation of the road surface of the CL-627 from Cervera de Pisuerga to the border with the Community of Cantabria; In Salamanca, the reinforcement of the SA-220 highway; in Segovia, the reinforcement of the CL-601 from Segovia to the border with the Community of Madrid, up to the Navacerrada port.

In Soria, two sections on the SO-630, from San Pedro Manrique to Castilruiz; in Valladolidthe recent signing of the contract for the works on the A-601 from the capital of Valladolid to the Aldeamayor junction; and, finally, in Zamorathe recent award of the works for a new bridge over the Valderaduey River in Villalpando, on the ZA-512.

Criticism of the Government

During her speech, there was no shortage of reproaches to the Government of Spain and the minister was very critical of the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, which is headed by the man from Valladolid. Oscar Puentebefore the “lack of progress” in various strategic and vital projects for Castilla y León.

Among them, González Corral cited the Atlantic Corridor; pending road works or the deployment of broadband;

“Zero transparency, zero investments and zero institutional loyalty,” summarized the minister’s actions.

With respect to Atlantic Corridor He criticized Puente for not having “given details” about the master plan for Castile and León. “We do not know what actions they are going to carry out. nor what investments, but they do inform other communities – referring to Catalonia or the Basque Country – in yet another snub to our Community,” he complained.

He also denounced that the inclusion of the Silver Route in the Expanded Basic Network which allows investments to be brought forward to the year 2040, and referred to other projects of which they only know possible feasibility studies “with no prospects of becoming a reality in the short term”.

In this case it referred to the Direct train Madrid-Aranda-Burgos; the Soria-Castejón connection; the Manzanal loop for the connection with the Atlantic side; or the completion of the electrification of the Salamanca-Fuentes de Oñoro line.

He also blamed the Government for the delays in the completion of the A-11 Duero motorways; the A-12 of the Camino de Santiago; the A-15 of Navarra; the A-40 to connect Adanero-Ávila-Maqueda; A60 Valladolid-León; the A-73 Burgos-Aguilar de Campoo; or the A-76 Ponferrada-Orensand, as well as the completion of the Castro viaduct.

Broadband

In terms of digital transformation, he recalled that Castilla y León is still “at the back of the queue”as recorded in the recent report of the Ministry of Digital Transformation, with a coverage of 83.28 percent compared to the national 92.43, only ahead of Asturias and Galicia, but it criticized the Government for not allowing the regions to manage.

He regretted not having received a response to the three letters he had sent to the Ministry. to allocate a budget to improve DTT coverage. “The reality once again is the abandonment of our land,” he complained.

He also criticized Puente for the sustainable mobility bill, which is being processed in Congress, and the future draft of the state transport map which, in his opinion, “clash head-on” with the approach of the map for the organisation of public road passenger transport in Castilla y León, approved by decree in September 2022.

González Corral insisted on this point that the state map implies the elimination of stops in 346 municipalities in Castilla y León.

Road plan

During the subsequent debate, the parliamentary opposition (Socialist Group, UPL-Soria Ya and Mixed) demanded that the Minister of Mobility and Digital Transformation present the new road plan to learn about the planning for the coming years.

Laura Pelegrina (PSOE), Alicia Gallego (UPL-Soria Ya) and Pedro José Pascual (Por Ávila) insisted on knowing when this plan will be approved after the current one has expired since 2020, to which the minister responded that work is being done on it but also on five pillars to improve the roads, to underline the 328 million in contracts and the 262 million in maintenance.

The socialist Laura Pelegrina refuted that the Government is “offending” the Community, she stressed that 16,000 million more have arrived during Pedro Sánchez’s term with 600 for the extension of broadband and she focused on all the projects that are being carried out with European funds. “What would become of your Ministry without European funds and without the Government”, she said.

Alicia Gallego (UPL-Soria Ya) called for some clarification on the construction of the León bus station, which was deficient shortly after it was inaugurated, and demanded more support from the Junta regarding the León-Braganza connection.

The Prosecutor for Ávila, Pedro José Pascual, asked for more details on projects not carried out in his province and for Ávila to be included in the Atlantic Corridor, while also recalling that it does not have a single kilometre of autonomous highway.

In his response to the groups, González Corral defended the existence of his Ministry and stressed the work to improve roads and continue with new actions, in telecommunications with progress, in digitalisation and sustainable mobility, while insisting on the “grievance” of the Government towards Castilla y León.

Regarding the expansion of broadband, he argued that Castilla y León is second to last in 5G and third to last in home fibre, according to the report of the relevant Ministry itself, where he again complained that they cannot count on European funds because they are managed exclusively by the Government.

Vox’s representative Susana Suárez asked the minister for “more ambition” to improve infrastructure in rural areas, and proposed a 25 percent bonus on highway tolls to improve connectivity, as well as the reopening of the Valladolid-Ariza railway corridor with European funds. Regarding the Valladolid bus station, she welcomed its “facelift” and regretted Minister Puente’s position regarding the burying of tracks in the city.