Adrián Barbón ensures that the BIRD will come to Oviedo and Gijón. What has been said to the General Board of the Principality, during the time for questions to the president. Has responded to the deputy Forum Adrian Pumares that refuses to change the current project and the postponement of another five years the opening of the line after the end of the The Pajares new line.
Barbon holds that the claim of Pumares equip the Pajares new line with a width of pathway international would delay the opening of this infrastructure five years. Considers that the commitment of this political force, a trend that led in its day, Francisco Álvarez Cascos, is unnecessary and that, in any case, we are faced with a discriminatory treatment for users of asturias. The president noted that the aspiration is the Variant to open as soon as possible and denies that the passengers have to change train in Pola de Lena to follow the journey to Oviedo and Gijón.
The controversy was rekindled when the president of Adif, Isabel Pardo de Veraset the date of opening of the line in 2022 and virtually ruled out that will keep the width of via international beyond of Pola de Lena. In these conditions, the journey from Madrid to Oviedo to last for two hours and 56 minutes.