The PSOE Tenerife demands both the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Mobility of the Government of the Canary Islands, Pablo Rodríguez; as well as the president of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Rosa Dávila, that promote highway projects that they were ready in the previous legislature and that, according to their criteria, they would solve the problem of traffic collapse on the island of Tenerife; especially on the TF-5 and in the municipality of La Laguna.
This was stated at a press conference by Pedro Martín, general secretary of the PSOE Tenerife; Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, general secretary of the PSOE La Laguna; and José Luis Delgado, regional secretary of Transportation and Sustainable Mobility.
Pedro Martín insists that Tenerife needs a boost to road infrastructure. “It cannot be that because they are projects that the PSOE promoted, now the Canarian Coalition does not want to do them. With this, they leave Tenerife without the roads it needs.” For this reason, he appeals to the Popular Party, a government partner in the Tenerife Council, to lead this matter so that the citizens of the island of Tenerife “have the same opportunities” as those of the rest of the Canary Islands.
The general secretary of the PSOE La Laguna and mayor of the city, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, expresses his concern because “an attempt is made to send a message to the citizens of this island by confusing terms: we cannot talk about mobility on the island of Tenerife without first talking, loud and clear, of the road works.” Specifically, he shows his special concern because “those who now represent the Government of the Canary Islands are talking about going to further delay the start of important works such as the La Laguna bypass.”
Mayor La Laguna has insisted on the “need that this municipality has to finish, once and for all, after more than 50 years of demands, the La Laguna Bypass. A project that has been worked on in coordination with the technicians of both the La Laguna City Council and those of the Cabildo of Tenerife and the Government of the Canary Islands and that comes to put an end to the eternal queues that all users of these roads are suffering. We had the studies that proved that this work, from Guamasa to the Rotonda de Lora and Tamayo, was a definitive solution.”
The question that Luis Yeray Gutiérrez asks the current Government of both the Canary Islands and the Cabildo is clear: “Do you want to promote this project that will put an end to these problems or are there alternatives that you want to put on the table that are not agreed upon and that have not been presented to the La Laguna City Council?”
Furthermore, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez insists that in the mobility of San Cristóbal de La Laguna it is important to talk about a necessary work that is the Gorgolana tunnel, which comes to solve the weight of more than 20,000 vehicles that Las Canteras is supporting right now. , with the consequent environmental impact on the Anaga Massif. “We also left this work on the table imminently in the previous mandate,” he remarks.
For his part, the regional secretary of Transport and Sustainable Mobility of the PSOE and former general director of Highways of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Luis Delgado, denies that it is necessary to wait a year for the study on birds to finish to begin contracting the works. of the La Laguna Variant or Circunvalación. This is because on March 30, 2023, the contracting resolution for the environmental impact study was issued, which was running parallel to the awarding of the work, without it having to be delayed.
To this he adds that, “the more we delay the execution of this project, the more delay we will generate in a work that already had 8 million euros allocated to start the work this year. Every minute that the Government loses in putting this work out to tender are minutes of suffering for the citizens who remain in the queues.”
The insular secretary of the PSOE Tenerife, Pedro Martín, concludes that time cannot be wasted and that those road projects that Tenerife requires must be completed in order to be able to live up to the needs of its citizens because, “what cannot be understood “It is that having all the projects completed, the Canary Coalition does not promote them and that the road money that belongs to Tenerife goes to another island where its presidents of the Cabildo have greater leadership and determination.”