The Ulldecona train station (named Ulldecona-Alcanar-la Sénia) is the only one in the Montsià region. But even though it is located in the Mediterranean Corridor, it has few frequencies and the station building has been standing still for more than twenty years (the municipality has ceded a part of it, which works as a seu d’entitats). Users and locals, especially the City Council of Ulldecona, claim millions to be able to dispose of a public good service.
The rodalies of Catalonia mostly end or start from Tortosa (R16), while the Valencians are fans of Vinaròs. Així, at the Ulldecona-Alcanar-la Sénia station there are five trains leaving/arriving towards l’Aldea-Barcelona and five towards Vinaròs-València.
One of the main problems is the travel time to travel the 200 kilometers to the end of the Catalan capital. “Anant bé, something that rarely happens, to arrive in Barcelona or to return by train from Ulldecona it takes three hours and a half, while arriving in Valencia, almost a half distance, is two hours”, details the mayor of ‘Ulldecona, Núria Ventura. Això is mainly due to the fact that the trains, arriving at the Estació de l’Aldea (both north and south) are diverted to enter Tortosa and return, which increases the duration of the journey by one hour. This is one of the consequences that have arisen since the end of the 1990s is when the Tortosa-Freginals railway tram will be dismantled and it has not been corrected.
The City Council of Ulldecona has recently demanded a million from the railway service to the Generalitat, which has transferred its competences, while Renfe is in charge of the service in some infrastructures managed by ADIF. Així, members of the different parties of the City Council will recently participate in a meeting with the Secretary of Territory and Mobility of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Isidre Gavín.
The petitions refer both to the need to increase the frequencies in the direction of Barcelona and to the increase in fares, hours and, above all, to the reduction in travel times and better comfort of the combos. Reducing travel times to Barcelona could be a solution, according to Ventura, with the creation of a service or train system that continuously connects the stations of Tortosa and l’Aldea.
«Another of the historical anomalies is the disastrous connection and coordination between the regional trains of Catalonia and those of Valencia», laments the mayor. Almost all of the combois have the beginning and the end of the route to Aldea-Tortosa and Vinaròs, so that the Ulldecona station is at the mig, so that there is a good railway communication inside the Montsià region and the north of Baix Maestrat.
Així, from the City Council has returned to demand “the joint work and collaboration between the Catalan and Valencian Generalitat to correct this dysfunction of the service”, a historical demand that has already been carried through anys of the Taula del Sénia.
«These millions are basic if we really believe in the 2030 agenda, sustainable mobility, the commitment to public transport and the measures to avoid the depopulation of the urban areas of the great cities». Is that for example, Ventura highlights the fact that the station of Ulldecona is a troba dins of the urban core of the population, so that the veïns hi can access peu, and hi has places d’parking of vehicles pels that s ‘hi desplacin des poblacions prosperes.