Government tears up AVE contract with construction firm

The AVE’s completion in Almería looks less likely than ever

By Richard Torné

Almería’s problem-ridden AVE high-speed rail link suffered a new setback last week after state-owned railway company Adif rescinded a contract to build a new stretch of track with construction firm, Sacyr.

Sacyr won the contract in July 2015 to build the 12.5-kilometre track between Pulpí and Cuevas del Almanzora, but despite being under contract to complete the project within two years, work has yet to start.

The falling out between the private firm and the Government first became apparent last November, when Sacyr expressed concerns related to the land designated for the track as well as an ongoing row over a tortoise sanctuary in the area.

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