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Mayor threatens to end contract while report finds major failings in tram project

  • Antonio Moreno Ferrer was speaking days after a report from the court of auditors condemned decisions made before the controversial public transport system first started operating in 2006

Mayor of Vélez-Málaga, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, has said that he would consider terminating the town hall’s contract with public transport company, Travelsa, part of ALSA, if it does not comply with the local authority’s wishes vis à vis the town’s tram.

Speaking days after a report from the court of auditors condemned decisions made before the controversial public transport system first started operating in 2006, he said, “It isn’t appropriate for the company to create obstacles for a municipal project.”

The report accuses the town hall of doing “insufficient” research into a tram system for the town, before going ahead with the project, which was stopped in 2012.

The auditors’ report said it had found “practices that did not conform” to the principles of equality, objectivity, transparency and economy in the management of public funds. A series of recommendations were also given, including evaluating the sustainability of such a project.