The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos, explained this Monday that the transport sector will have a key role in the “return to normality” after confinement and has considered that it will be subjected “to a significant level of stress “during this process.
In an appearance in the Congress of Deputies, he stressed that the progressive opening of the different activities will be accompanied by an increase in mobility, especially pronounced in large cities and therefore, they are designing a “gradual and safe” process, which includes “increased supply, studying alternatives between the different modes of transport and the promotion of other individual transport”.
They are also working to reduce demand at source, with ideas such as offsetting the hours of the working day to flatten the peak of peak hours or the establishment of time slots for teleworking personnel, and measures aimed at controlling access to transportation system, such as the reinforcement of access controls at stations.
In addition, he has spoken about transport safety, through recommendations to users on the use of masks, disinfection of vehicles and terminals, and control of passenger flows.
In fact, train, bus or plane travelers may have to comply with prevention and safety regulations to travel in the coming months, once the “new normal” returns, according to Ábalos, Europa Press said.
Ábalos has stressed the economic difficulty that it is for companies in the industry to sell only a third of the seats of vehicles or ships, as currently recommended to guarantee the distances between passengers recommended by Health.
“The recommendation to maintain a third of the occupation is going to be very difficult to fulfill, the private sector will not be able to bear selling a third of the occupation,” predicted the minister, who, therefore, believes that these “measures will have to be implemented of mandatory prevention for travelers. ”
During his appearance in Congress, Ábalos advanced that he is working on a ‘rescue’ plan for this type of intercity and international transport, given that, he said, “he will face a major crisis in the coming months” and “will be one of the sectors what later to come out of the hibernation period to which it has been subjected by the mobility breakdown “.
Construction, “lever of recovery”
Furthermore, Ábalos has said that he intends to convert the construction sector in “lever for the recovery of employment and the economy” of the current crisis generated by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Construction has a tractor factor, given that it greatly moves the economy, because it has a drag effect on employment and in neighboring sectors,” Ábalos said.
However, his department is currently analyzing the impact that the crisis is having on this activity “and how it may affect planned investments.”
“We do not want to suspend works or investments, we will try to act differently,” said the minister, who also hopes that the EU will articulate reconstruction funds from which the sector can benefit.
“Therefore, whenever there are funds, the construction of both housing and its rehabilitation, as well as public works and infrastructure is a good way to reactivate the economy,” the minister reiterated during his appearance in Congress.
Investment in construction as a lever for reconstruction constitutes one of the three axes of the de-escalation plan that the Ministry designs for the sectors within its competence, together with the preparation of urban transport in the face of increased mobility and a complete return to activity, and the recovery of intercity and air transport.