“We cannot wait for the completion of the construction of a railway network in the south of Tenerife, we need solutions now”, says the president of the Circle of Entrepreneurs and Professionals of the South of Tenerife (CEST), Roberto Ucelay. The business organization considers that “it is essential to carry out works in the short term” as part of the solution to the traffic retentions that are registered daily on the Autopista del Sur (TF-1) and as a formula to avoid a collapse.
The CEST joins the non-law proposal approved by the Parliament of the Canary Islands last week about the inclusion of the southern train in the Railway Network of General Interest (RFIG). Proposal not seconded by the Congress of Deputies. The Lower House gave its approval to the initiative presented by Ciudadanos in the same sense as that approved by the regional Parliament, but a PSOE transaction commits the central government to finance the southern train when there is budget availability, but not to include it in the RFIG.
The Circle stresses the importance of the train project promotes sustainable mobility, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of transport on the environment. Likewise, the businessmen hope that the guided transport “represents a notable benefit to the circulation on the highway and, consequently, for the inhabitants of the Island, in addition to avoiding disturbances to the tourists who visit the area.”
Third lane San Isidro-Adeje
This approach is formulated by the business group of the South in view of the urgency of applying corrective measures to traffic between San Isidro (Granadilla de Abona) and Adeje. In fact, it asks that the section from Las Chafiras (San Miguel de Abona) to Adeje be prioritized from the third lane projected for this route. He justifies this by pointing out that the most conflictive point of the TF-1 It ranges from Parque de la Reina to Playa de Las Américas, which includes the surroundings of Guaza.
As emergency measures, at that point the Circle proposes to enable a third lane through the adaptation of medians in both directions. As a second option, the CEST proposes remove the median in this same section to generate a reversible lane, which would be enabled during the morning in the direction of Adeje and, in the afternoon, in the direction of Santa Cruz. This measure would relieve traffic during peak hours, which coincide with the beginning and end of work activity. Likewise, it suggests as an alternative to enable one of the lanes in the South direction for circulation towards the capital of Tenerife in the afternoon, and vice versa in the morning.
This approach configures measures of an urgent and temporary nature, while waiting for the Canarian Government to tender the third lane on the entire Autopista del Sur.