The electoral program with which the Popular Party has won the elections in Andalusia, and where it swept Granada with 42% of the votes, promises to end this legislature with the south extension from the Metro to Churriana de la Vega and Las Gabias, but it leaves the start of works on the other two up in the air: the one that passes through the Center and the one that extends the line from Albolote to the Atarfe Bullring. The commitment only reaches to finalize the drafting of some projects that are already quite advanced in the Informative Study published in the autumn of last year.

In this way the Board does not hold hands if it is not able to find the financing for these two projects. The South extension already has the necessary funds for its development through the Next Generation of the European Union, which included the extension project of the Granada Metro in the South area within those financed by the community resilience funds to face the coronavirus crisis and write a new paradigm model in transport towards a cleaner and more ecological one. That is why the program of the popular ones, who will now govern without ties with an absolute majority, does commit to “building” this infrastructure.

The problem comes with the other two projects, the one that goes through the Center of Granada from the Hípica to Caleta on the surface, and the North from Albolote to the Plaza de Toros de Atarfe. Both projects were developed jointly in the Informative Study for the Expansion of the Granada Metro next to the South, however, this has received European funding and the other two were not considered by the commission as fundable, hence the PP has not even made a commitment to begin work on the Central and North extensions if aid from Europe is not assured.

So the Metro expansion project is advancing at two speeds in Granada. While in the extension to Churriana de la Vega and Las Gabias, land surveys are already being carried out in order to start the works as soon as possible (they must also be completed in 2026 since access to Next Generation funds obliges the administrations to show Europe the result of the investment made in that period of time), the Central and Northern extensions will progress at a much slower pace and the commitment of the new popular administration is to “finish” your projects.

As for the Granada Metro, the work of Juanma Moreno’s new executive also throws the brake on the project to cover the beach of tracks of the workshops and garages of Cerrillo de Maracena and protect trains from inclement weather when not on duty. In the electoral program it is said that “we will promote the functional adaptation of the workshop and garage area”, without specifying much more. In the last budgets of the Board for Granada there were items linked to the React funds of the European Union that were directed to the project to cover the installation. To which the popular do commit to make available to the network the eight new trains that are already ordered from CAF, whose construction was awarded in January, which is an action of the previous legislature more than the current one.

Highways of the Vega

Where the PP program to be developed in the next four years in the Junta de Andalucía gets a little more wet is in the implementation of the still pending Urban Agglomeration Routes, known as VAU. In fact, he agrees to execute three of them. On the one hand, the popular say that “we will carry out the splitting of the access road to La Zubia (VAU-10)including in said intervention bike lanes, sidewalks and service roads”. This road has been the subject of several actions during this mandate but the action has not been completed or started. In these four years it already seems so.

Although the most important works that are committed to being built in this mandate are two: one is the variant of Armilla, Churriana and Las Gabias, the VAU-5, which will connect the First with the Second Ring Road. A high-capacity road that aims to desaturate and give more access to the vehicles that collapse every day, especially the GR-30 at peak hours. The other will be controversial and there are already neighbors positioned against the VAU-09, which crosses fertile plain land, also in use, from the south cornice, which joins Cájar, Monachil, La Zubia and Ogíjares crosswise with the Circunvalación through a new link. The PP affirms that “we will execute the South Distributor of Granada (VAU-09), turning it into a green road and improving mobility” between these towns and the GR-30.

Ring closure and more

The PP will not put a stone in the always controversial closure of the Ring of the Circunvalaciónthe project rescued by the Development delegation in Granada this previous mandate and which aims to link the northern cornice of the capital with the motorway, either from the Serrallo or Cenes de la Vega tunnels, to the A-92 in Víznar or the district North of the city near Jun. Its commitment is limited to finalizing the “analysis of viability and environmental and patrimonial sustainability of the East Round”.

In road matters, if the PP fulfills its entire program in Granada, before summer 2026 The A-395 bike lane will be built to link the PTS, Serrallo and Huétor Vega, the cycle path between the PTS and Armilla, a roundabout to access Sierra Nevada, the Alhama de Granada-Ventas de Zafarraya bypass on the A-395 -402, the new access to the Alpujarra from the A-44 to Lanjarón, and the increased capacity of the Darro-Iznalloz highway, a project that was initially a motorway and will not be developed as such.

It is also extracted that they will be finished the connection between the Second Ring Road and the First Ring Road and the Escúzar Technology Park through the A-338 and the La Malahá bypass, the second section of the road from Ventorros de San José to Algarinejo, and a new access to Purullena from the A-92. The rest of the road promises focus on improvements and advances in projects such as the Alhama de Granada variant.