Isabel Pardo de Vera replaces Pedro Saura as number two of the ministry now led by Raquel Rodríguez
The changes in the Government continue to happen after the change in some ministries. Thus, today it has been confirmed that the current president of Adif, Isabel Pardo de Vera, will be the new Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. He will replace Pedro Saura, who leaves his post after the departure of Minister José Luis Ábalos by Raquel Sánchez.
Among his great achievements at the head of the railway infrastructure manager, the management of the entire liberalization process stands out, a historic process for the Spanish railway system that has led to the entry of competitors for Renfe.
Spain has one of the most extensive high-speed networks in the world and, however, one of the most underused, so all the public money invested in this network – which Saura valued at 65,000 million euros – was not being used.
Now, with the process led by Pardo de Vera, the liberalization will mean a paradigm shift in the entire Spanish railway system, based mainly on a reduction in prices for users and, with this, on a transfer of customers from the most polluting media , like the car or the plane, the train.
In fact, the still president of Adif, at the premiere of Ouigo last May, predicted a new “golden era”, in which this means of transport will be positioned as a strategic axis to achieve environmental objectives, now very united to recovery plans after Covid-19.
Pardo de Vera referred at that time to the milestone in history that marked that day, after a process of liberalization in which he argued that Adif has acted as “guarantor of the rights of all”, advancing in the welfare state, in this case in the right to mobility, without which he believes that inequality would increase.
The great challenges
Once he leaves the Adif presidency, Pardo de Vera will manage not only the railway infrastructure, dependent on the Ministry of Transport, but also all the policies related to roads and housing. Thus, among its great challenges, in addition to continuing to pilot the liberalization of the train, with the entry of Ilsa next year on the Spanish tracks, it will have to assume the housing development plans, the possible limitation of rental prices, the receipt of the largest batch of European funds and the future of highway tolls.
In this sense, next August the concessions for the AP-7 in Catalonia and the AP-1 in Aragon and Catalonia will expire, so tolls will be lifted on these highway sections, while the Government committed to Brussels to establish a symbolic toll on all Spanish highways from 2024.
Born in Lugo in 1975, she is a Civil Engineer from the University of A Coruña, in addition to having completed her training in management development programs at business schools and infrastructure management.
After working in the private sector of engineering and consulting for railway and road infrastructure projects, he joined Adif through the Public Employment Offer in 2007.
Until 2015, she has held successive positions of Construction Management and Infrastructure Manager and Area Manager in the construction of the Madrid-Galicia high-speed line. At the end of that year, she requested a leave of absence at Adif and became director of Mobility and Infrastructures of the Diputación de Pontevedra.
In June 2016, she rejoined the railway entity, combining the position of General Manager of Operations and Construction of Adif with that of General Manager of Adif High Speed, positions that she has held to date.