Toll Roads Take a Loss
Last year traffic on the nation’s toll roads dropped to levels not recorded since 1999, according to Public Works Ministry figures released last week, as the economic crisis forces drivers to use secondary roads whenever possible.
The ministry has denied reports that all of the country’s highways are to be converted into toll roads, but this may have to be done to recover the more than €3 billion owed to the government by the concessionaires who manage the toll road network
Man found dead after 15 years
The remains of a man who was last seen alive 15 years ago have been found in his house in the village of Canizal. The skeleton of Vicente Benito, who would now be 73, was found by a nephew who broke into the house to find out what had happened to his uncle.
Neighbours said they believed Mr Benito, a shepherd, had gone to Portugal or moved elsewhere for work. The only money in the house was in pesetas, the currency that was replaced when Spain joined the euro in 2002.