When I take the car up to Vilafranca del Penedès, I always enjoy the fifteen minutes drive through scenic low mountains and, still, I can not help thinking about how odd it is that Vilanova i la Geltrú has such poor public transport with its most important neighbour town. If you want to go Vilafranca by train, you have to make a detour and change trains in either Barcelona or Sant Vicenç del Calders and as for the bus, there is only one per hour.
Recently plans have been put in place to create a direct train connection (el tren orbital) and a double lane motorway, but these are heavily delayed if you bear in mind how much communication there is between these two urban areas. The reason for this is that most infrastructure projects, so far, have had the objective to link the municipalities around Barcelona to the metropolitan area, and not to each other.
This is an example of the imbalances which those who defend a Vegueria Penedès want to correct and as long the Generalitat has not made the final decision, they will keep on building support for their alternative. This Saturday they organized a day of celebrations (diada) in Vilafranca and offered ball de bastons, a wine tasting and a music concert in order to remind their fellow citizens about the cause.
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És possible que vaig ser l'únic vilanoví que va particpar en aquest acte. Si no m'equivoco no van ser-hi tampoc aquests politics de la nostra ciutat que defensen l'idea de la vegueria pròpia. No us sembla una mica rar això?
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