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Prime Minister announces five billion euro road improvement plan 

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Spain’s Prime Minister has announced a five billion euro investment in highways through public-private collaboration.

Mariano Rajoy says the extraordinary plan will affect more than 2,000 kilometres of highways and create close to 190,000 jobs without increasing the public deficit.

“The economic recovery allows us to boost investment in infrastructure which, in turn, will boost competitiveness and territorial structure, ” he said.

He said Spain is a benchmark in high-speed rail travel and its airports have set a new record in passenger numbers. He also stated that the government is boosting land-sea access, as can be seen in the Land-Port Access Investment Plan and the reform of the stevedore sector.

“In short, we have wonderful infrastructures and we want to continue improving them”, he stated. The government, he pointed out, seeks to continue doing this based on the experience of other European countries, in which the private sector is involved whilst maintaining the government’s commitment to reducing the public deficit.

“Now that we have managed to come out of the crisis and are heading up growth and job creation in Europe, as well as being on the verge of exiting the excessive deficit procedure, we are in a position to give a renewed boost to investment in the infrastructure that our country needs,”, he stressed.

A total of 90 per cent of passenger transport and 93 per cent of goods transport take place on the roads in Spain, he pointed out, and the majority of foreign and national tourists travel by car.