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Delay in motorway project is “strangling” Fuerteventura, protestors claim 

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Fuerteventura is being “strangled” by the non-completion of the north to south motorway, angry islands have claimed.

Individuals, organisations, businesses, councils and the Cabildo have joined forces to call for urgent action and have deplored delays which might now take the project up until the year 2018.

The most pressing section woud link Corralejo and Morro Jable and campaigners say everyone involved must pull together to make sure this happens as soon as possible. This includes government at all levels, municipalities, the Cabildo, the Canary Government and Spain.

This, they say, is the only way to overcome the delays caused by budget cuts in the Canary road programme in recent years.

The campaigners say the road should play a vital role in the Gran Canaria-Fuerteventura-Lanzarote connections, complementing marine links for Morro Jable and Corralejo to “complete a real axis between the three eastern isles of the archipelago.”

So far, the total route of this highway completed and opened to use is the Pecenescal-Morro Jable section with a total length of eight kilometres.

Two other sections are under construction: Corralejo-Caldereta over 18 kilometres which was originally scheduled for completion in 2012. The latest estimate from the Canary Government is 2018 and although it may be ready sooner, the authorities believe this delay is unacceptable.

Costa Calma-Pecenescal, over 14 kilometres, should be finished in 2016 though might be partially opened later this year.

The remaining sections, joining Caldereta with Costa Calma, totals 80 kilometres and are also considered a top priority to ensure safety, economic development and comfort for residents and the millions of visitors Fuerteventura welcomes each year.

“That is why the signatories of this document, representing the business community and all the institutions of this island, want to express our commit-ment to the defense and promotion of this vital infrastructure for the Canary Islands and Fuerteventura,” say the protestors.

They want an assurance that money to complete the motorway will be put into the 2016 roads budget.