- Arcadi España highlights the subsidies for cycling, the improvement of the cycling and pedestrian network and the promotion of public transport as measures for sustainable, efficient and safe mobility
- The use of the metro, tram and TRAM network avoids the consumption of 44.2 million litres of fuel and saves 56.2 million euros in petrol and diesel
The Minister of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi España, has highlighted that the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) network prevents 67,944,776 journeys by private vehicles per year through Valencia and Alicante, as well as through their respective metropolitan areas.
On World Environment Day, celebrated on Friday 5th June, the Minister reiterated the importance of mobility to combat the climate emergency. “The fight against climate change is an essential commitment of the Valencian Government’s political agenda and since the beginning of the legislature, we at the Regional Ministry have been working to make moving around on foot, by bicycle or by public transport a safe, efficient and affordable alternative”, said Arcadi España.
Thus, he stressed that with the goal of achieving sustainable mobility, the Ministry has launched the plan to promote the use of bicycles and scooters, which includes a line of subsidies for the purchase of these vehicles, since, as he said, “we must allow the bicycle to become a daily mobility tool for daily use”.
The Regional Ministry is also promoting a plan to improve the cycling and pedestrian network throughout the Community. “It is a question of extending and completing these non-motorised routes to connect municipalities and to achieve a continuous, safe, functional, ordered and hierarchical network, which is an alternative to traditional mobility”, explained Arcadi España.
In addition to these alternatives to motorised transport, for the Minister “it is essential in the fight against climate change, and even more so now in times of a pandemic, to commit to efficient, safe and sustainable public transport, to promote incentive parking on the outskirts of cities, and to encourage intermodality in means of transport”.
In 2019, Metrovalencia and TRAM d’Alacant had an average of more than 220,000 passengers every day, which meant more than 81 million passengers a year. Likewise, its use prevents the emission of 109,099 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
Travelling by metro, tram or the TRAM network avoids the consumption of 44,267,418 litres of fuel, a significant energy saving. This amount of fuel has a cost, at today’s price, of 56,264,331 euros, an economic amount that users have saved.
As the Minister pointed out, these data “make the railway the most ecological, the most sustainable and the one with the greatest respect for nature of all public transport currently in existence”.
Last year, Metrovalencia prevented 57,868,783 journeys by private vehicles through Valencia and its metropolitan area; the metro and tram network transported an average of 180,000 passengers every day, which exceeded 200,000 on working days, reaching 69.4 million passengers in 2019.
The volume of rail traffic that FGV produced throughout the province of Valencia prevented the emission of 85,779 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, and the private use fuel that was no longer purchased when travelling on Metrovalencia was 34,551,742 litres, which meant a saving of 43,915,610 euros at the current price of diesel and petrol.
The service provided by the TRAM d’Alacant network to its users last year prevented 10,075,993 journeys by private vehicles through the capital, its metropolitan area and the Marinas regions. Thanks to this rail transport service, on average more than 32,000 passengers travelled every day, which meant more than 12 million passengers per year.
The volume of traffic that FGV produced throughout the province of Alicante prevented the emission of 23,321 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, and the amount of fuel that was not purchased when travelling with TRAM d’Alacant was 9,715,676 litres, which meant a saving of 12,348,721 euros at today’s price.