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Navarrese Corridor High Speed Rail, Spain

More infrastructure for development and higher speed? The same old story in the country of big costruction business.


The Navarrese Corridor comprises the development of a High Speed Rail network for all the country, principally connecting Madrid (the capital) with the rest of the regions. This stretch in particular is planned to have about 200 km connecting the cities of Zaragoza and Pamplona and the latter with the line known as the Y Basque.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Navarrese Corridor High Speed Rail, Spain
State or province:Navarre
Location of conflict:Pamplona, Tudela, Tafalla, Castejón, Valtierra, Cadreita, Villafranca, Marcilla, Peralta, Falces, Olite, Tafalla, Pueyo, Garínoain, Barásoain, Tirapu, Ucar, Biurrun-Olcoz, Tiebas-Muruarte de Reta
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Specific commodities:Land
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Length: 213.9 km divided in 4 stretches

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Project area:492
Level of Investment:5,004,835,500
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:500,000
Start of the conflict:09/04/2010
Company names or state enterprises:Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF) from Spain - Manage and allocate public funds
Marcial Echenique y Compañía S.A. (MECSA) from Spain - Released a report underlining mostly positive impacts of the HST
ACCIONA Infrastructuras S. A. (ACCIONA) from Spain - Tenderer selected to carry out some works along with other firms
Obras Especiales de Navarra S.A. (OBENASA) from Spain - Tenderer selected to carry out the works along with other firms
Construcciones Mariezcurrena from Spain - Tenderer selected to carry out the works along with other firms
COMSA Estudios, Montajes y Tendidos Eléctricos (COMSA EMTE) from Spain - Tenderer selected to carry out some of the works
Relevant government actors:Government of Navarre
Ministry of Transport (Fomento)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Sustrai Erakuntza Foundation
Mugitu AHT Gelditzeko
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Trade unions
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Referendum other local consultations
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Other Environmental impactsCreation of dumping sites and landfills, earth movements
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Occupational disease and accidents
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Other socio-economic impactsDecrease in the offer of non-high speed trains
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Development of alternatives:Modernization of the existing lines.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Despite the failure of high speed railway lines that have been closed (Toledo - Cuenca - Albacete), the government insists on bringing forward this type of infratructure.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Ley 37/2003, de 17 de noviembre, del Ruido.
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Habitats Directive (92/43/CEE)
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Barcena, I. and Larrinaga, J., coords., 2009. TAV: las razones del NO. Tafalla: Txalaparta
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Report. Rentabilidad social del proyecto de conexión de alta velocidad ferroviaria en Navarra. Alejo Etchart, Roberto Bermejo y David Hoyos. Grupo de Investigación en Economía Ecológica y Ecología Política (EKOPOL).
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Activists sentenced
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Article in "Ecologistas en Accion"
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Platform AHT Gelditu - Elkarlana
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Mugitu blog. Activist platform against the High Speed Rail. Includes videos and media resources.
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Sustrai Foundation website (High Speed Rail section)
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News in the Guardian on the action against the HS
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Report by the Sustrai Foundation. The construction of a new railway line in Navarra (Spain): Another scandal and economic scam outside the law
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Contributor:Alfred Burballa Noria
Last update11/03/2015
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