“The Tarragona tram train will benefit Reus, Vila-seca and the coastal area and is the most ambitious investment ever in public transport in Camp de Tarragona, with 150 million euros”, the secretary recalled yesterday of Territori i Mobilitat, Isidre Gavín, who pointed out that «the tram will enter the city of Reus and Tarragona, and we will do so in a way that is highly integrated into the urban environment».
«At the urban entrance of these cities there will be no catenary and the electrical supply of the trains will be produced through the rails. Therefore, they will have a very nice integration, they will be low platform and very accessible trains », he specified. In the specific case of Reus, “the current railway practically goes around the main core of the urban area and even so the new Bellissens station is a really very positive contribution and we have all opted for it”. “If we imagine that, the tram will enter the city and penetrate the center at those neuralgic points where public transport provides mobility in places of high demand, and that will also happen in Tarragona”, as Gavín explained.
Currently, “we are bidding and finishing the infrastructure construction project.” “The important news is that it is a step without going back,” said the secretary, who specified that “after this project, the investment will come and the resources are available, we have all the tools to start this important work.” As for the calendar, “we are now processing the tender and this same 2022 we want to tender a first package of works, a first performance. We will prioritize the purchase of trains and the first interventions.”
Gavín made these statements in the framework of the Catalan Mobility Day 2022, organized by the Association of Municipalities for Mobility and Urbà Transport (AMTU) and the City Council held yesterday at FiraReus and which had more than 300 registered. The Councilor for Urban Planning, Marina Berasategui, explained that “the issue concerns most of the country’s municipalities, which is the mobility generated by industrial estates and how we can contribute from the administration and the productive sector to solve the challenges posed to us in sustainable mobility. “There have been many contributions that show us an interesting future of work,” he added, and said that “there are companies that have offered us technological services to organize transport on demand and experts tell us that we must work on flexible hours to flatten curves of demand”.
For her part, Aurora Carbonell, president of AMTU, specified that “the estates are very important sectors for the country’s economy and must be very well connected because that will allow wealth to be created.” “The number of workers and the needs for public transport” are the main challenges, and for this reason, “we need good infrastructure and gradually put aside the car, and adapt to the needs that are very different and it is not the classic of many people at the same time.