Communists call for answers over EN125 delays

Portugal’s communist party (PCP) has questioned the government about the Algarve’s EN125 roadworks, which were supposed to start on September 1 after a two-month “summer break” but remain stalled nearly two months later.

The party wants to know when the renovations will resume and what the deadlines are “this time”.

The communists also asked if the government has instructed Infraestruturas de Portugal “to complete all of the roadworks that were initially planned for the EN125”, including all the bypasses and link roads that are not part of the ongoing renovations.

Last month it was PSD MP for the Algarve Cristóvão Norte who highlighted the issue.

He said that the information he had was that there was no set date for the work to restart and pointed out that the government had pledged that renovations would be completed by March 2017 – a time limit which is now in jeopardy.

Norte also suggested that “what the government seems to be doing is controlling its deficit by freezing all public investment planned for 2016”.

Regional association AlgFuturo also criticised the government for the delays, suggesting that it wasn’t paying the concession company in charge of the work, which was why the roadworks stopped.

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