The Aragonese Party (PAR) will defend in the plenary session of the Huesca Provincial Council (DPH) this Thursday a resolution proposal for the institution to join the claim of “lthe improvement of the Huesca-Zaragoza rail transport service, through the implementation and expansion of a commuter train system between the two capitals”.
Likewise, the initiative proposes to demand from the Diputación, “the precise investments in the railway infrastructures that connect Huesca and Alto Aragón: widening of the track to Tardienta, siding and halt in Plhus, upgrading of the line to Canfranc and reopening of the international railway, establishment of direct services to Barcelona and the reform of the intermodal station“.
If the initiative is approved, the DPH will address the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, the Department of Territory Vertebration, Mobility and Housing of the Government of Aragon and the public company Renfe.
On the one hand, the PAR has stated that “the proximity of both capitals, the two most populated cities in Aragon, and their evolution, has led to a growing flow of relationships and the establishment of new social, economic and labor realities” . “In this sense, according to the data released, It is estimated that some 15,000 people make the journey between Huesca and Zaragoza or Zaragoza and Huesca every day. to develop their professional tasks, pursue their university studies and other activities”.
However, the displacements “are carried out to a greater extent with private vehicles or by bus“, with an “underuse of collective public transport by train that, in pure logic and as happens in other comparable relations between Spanish and European cities, should be used and promoted, as corresponds to the criteria of sustainability”.
The published statistics, which only include the complete routes of medium-distance trains, show that the Zaragoza-Huesca-Canfranc line registers an average of 158 daily passengers; the Zaragoza-Huesca-Jaca line, 297; and Valencia-Teruel-Zaragoza-Huesca, 395.
“The contrast with the 15,000 people who travel between Huesca and Zaragoza every day is evident”, according to the PAR, and is due to “the limitations in terms of frequencies and, until very recently, the persistence of totally obsolete railway units” despite “the provision for almost twenty years, of a completely electrified line, although without splitting between Huesca and Tardienta”.
On the other hand, the proposal of the Aragonese Party highlights the potential of the so-called “Huesca-Zaragoza corridor”which presents “one of the horizons with the greatest strength in the configuration of a territorial balance in Aragon and in the generation of decentralized development”.