Central government off the hook for compensation for Alicante-Torrevieja-Cartagena highway

PANDEMIC FALLOUT: Toll motorway concessionaire lost around 3 million euros Photo credit: Lowje

THE central government will not have to compensate the concessionaire of the Alicante-Torrevieja-Cartagena motorway for the loss of income during the pandemic.

The Supreme Court dismissed Ausur’s appeal for redress amid claims that government restrictions introduced to tackle the Covid crisis had directly affected revenue.

Even when the first and strictest state of alarm was lifted, travel was still restricted between the autonomous regions of Spain, hence Ausur’s request for an eight-month extension to the operation of the highway in compensation for losses of 3 million euros.

Ausur argued that since several articles of the second state of alarm decree were later declared unconstitutional, this amounted to discrimination against toll roads.

When the central government ignored Ausur’s initial complaints, the dealer made another appeal in February 2021.

In June 2022, a Cabinet meeting rejected this latest compensation claim, after which the Supreme Court offered Ausur the chance to expand the scope of her claim, an offer she declined, according to provincial media. Spaniards.

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