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Icod’s Mayor demands urgent completion of island ring road 

The Mayor of Icod de los Vinos has called for the closure of the island ring as a “tourist urgency” and work mobility for the region.

José Ramón León says the finalisation of the road project has to be a priority and has stressed the economic and social benefits of doing so for the north-west of Tenerife.

“It´s an essential incentive to convert the region and the municipality into a tourist destination and attractive to millions of visitors who stay all year round in the south of the island,” he said in his urgent demand.

Sr. Leon said he had made the request to the opposition, to public officials and in plenary sessions in his role as mayor of the municipality.

He said it was also fundamental to close the ring road “to facilitate the mobility of the numerous workers who reside in the region and who are forced to reside in this part of the Island”.

Having a good road network would, he said, create a territorial balance for the north and south of the island “avoiding thus the agglomerations in the metropolitan environment and the immense queues in the highway of the north.”

“It would generate very important economic and social savings,” he stressed.

The mayor said it was essential to provide tourists who visit the northwest an extra attraction with something over and above the sun and beach, offering them the natural beauty and history of the region, its ethnographic values and the varied gastronomy of the place.

“This is a claim that should be viable in the shortest possible time,” he said.

Sr. Leon said there were two complications to achieving this.

The first, from an economic point of view, was the tunnel of Erjos, that would link El Tanque and Santiago of Teide and from there directly to the south.

“The other is the stretch of San Juan de la Rambla and Los Realejos, which runs through a protected cliff area, and that has to be a reality and, of course, respectful of the environment,” he said.