Thu Feb 14 01:00:00 CET 2019

Galicia will invest 15.6M€ so that all the Camino de Santiago’s routes will be in optimum condition for the Xacobeo 21

  • Feijóo specifies that supervision works will be carried out, both programmed and occasional, such as the cleaning and clearing of the Camino as well as other tasks of a preventive nature
  • The President explained that 8 service contracts will be tendered over the next two years, extendable to three, covering an area of more than 1,250 kilometres in trails and roads of 121 municipalities
  • The decision approved today gives continuity to the important investments made since 2015 in the framework of the Camino's Master Plan.

Santiago de Compostela, 14 February 2019
 

The president of the Galician Government, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, announced today in the press conference of the Consello the approval of what he qualified as the "most ambitious" operation in the last few years for the Camino de Santiago within Galicia. An investment of €15.6 million which will allow a permanent action team to supervise, maintain and repair the Jacobean Routes at all times.

In this regard, he specified that they will range from programmed and occasional supervisory operations, such as cleaning and clearing, as well as preventive tasks. Similarly, he said, any incidences which may arise, or damage caused by adverse weather conditions, could be resolved and common conservation actions could also be carried out.

These investments, he said, will benefit all sections of the Camino, but in the first two years, the largest investment will correspond to the French Way, the most travelled route which last year was used by 57% of pilgrims.

The president of the Xunta further explained that to make it all possible, 8 service contracts would be tendered over the next two years, extendable to three. "It will cover an area of more than 1,250 kilometres in trails and roads of 121 municipalities," he added.

The contracts referred to above will establish the minimum staff that each company must have, as well as the means of transport, tools, auxiliary materials or machinery which will guarantee the works’ quality. In addition, their tender will consider, among other factors, how the work will be organised and its methodology with the aim of promoting environmental sustainability: the minimisation of water use, the use of previously purified re-used water or working methods with lower noise emissions or energy consumption; all of which will also be positively valued.

Therefore, the decision approved today gives continuity to the important investments made since 2015 within the framework of the Camino's Master Plan, which guarantees the optimum maintenance of Xacobeo 21’s official itineraries.