Summary - TST 35

TRANSPORTES, SERVICIOS Y TELECOMUNICACIONES


TST 35

Víctor Manuel HEREDIA FLORES

The engineer José Bores Romero and the railway question (1918-1922)


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Key Words: Railways, Bores Romero, Nationalization, Public Services.


[ Abstract ]

With the end of the First World War, the so-called railway problem was raised in Spain. The financial difficulties of the companies gave rise to a wide debate. The private sector demanded an increase of the tariffs, but a current favorable to the intervention of the State took place. Different bills and government measures were directed towards greater public participation in the financing of the system, which had a legislative milestone in the Rail Statute of 1924. The engineer José Bores Romero participated in the debate with a set of articles in the Revista de Obras Públicas in 1918-1922. He proposed the statification of the lines, the creation of organizations, the administrative decentralization, the completion of the network, the electrification and the adoption of the European gauge. Although his plan did not go beyond the specialized press, his ideas advanced the process of nationalization that led to the creation of RENFE.