Valle Gran Rey sea connections worry La Gomera leaders
La Gomera is pressing for urgent action to maintain the connectivity of one of its most popular destinations on the far side of the island, Valle Gran Rey.
The Cabildo wants the Canary government to declare the route a public service obligation so that people can travel to the coastal town from Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro.
The move comes in the wake of one of the shipping companies ceasing its passenger and vehicle traffic operations between the port of Valle Gran Rey , San Sebastián de La Gomera and Los Cristianos.
According to Cabildo present, Casimiro Curbelo, the motion urges the Ministry of Public Works, Transportation and Housing of the Government of the Canary Islands to study the modification of the decree that regulates the special regime of provision of maritime transport on the islands to include this service.
“We understand that this can be a viable solution to guarantee the coverage that was being provided with Valle Gran Rey and that last year transported more than 170,000 passengers and 30,000 vehicles,” he said.
The island president reaffirmed the commitment of the Insular Institution to the connectivity of the southern municipality so that it did not become isolated and also helped to increase the mobility offer for both residents and tourists.
Connections with Valle Gran Rey were reactivated two years ago, first with the start-up of the Fred Olsen Express line travelling between the inner ports and later with the entry into operation of the passenger and vehicle transport service of Naviera Armas, whose termination was communicated on October 9th.