The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, referred this Thursday to the announcement by the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, to rename the Atocha station as Atocha Almudena Grandes, in honor of the writer who died on November 27. Asked about this issue, Ayuso has assured that if the Government’s intention is to put the name of women in various stations, “the Virgin of Atocha was already a woman”.
“What we know is that the Government wants to give the name of a woman to other stations and give them the name of a woman and what I believe is that the Virgin of Atocha was already a woman,” the regional leader assured at a press conference from Marseille, where it participates in the European Summit of cities and regions.
But the name of the Atocha station has nothing to do with the virgin. This is because the station was located at the end of the Camino Real de Alicante, where the hemp carts entered, whose fiber was the atochal, which gives the station its name.
At the moment there is no date for the name change announced by the Executive, although the head of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, has expressed her wish that it can be done this year. It will also be held in other cities, but it has not yet been decided which ones: “We are going to work on it, we have thought that it would be a good way to make the Government’s commitment to gender equality and policies visible,” said Sánchez .
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