EU won’t back train along Costa del Sol

THE EU will not pay to include Malaga Airport on the AVE high-speed train.

The project will not be included in railway plans for the EU which must be underway by 2030.

The EU did, on the other hand, accept the original plans to take the route via Antequera.

The Ministry of Public Works had plans to connect the whole of the Andalucian coast, from Almeria to Algeciras, by train, which would greatly improve transport on the Costa del Sol, one of the country’s main tourist destinations.

This would also be connected to the rest of Spain and other European countries.

Many visitors to the province say they can hardly believe that after landing at Malaga Airport, they can only go as far as Fuengirola by train, and have to get a bus to go any further west along the coast.

Marbella is the only city in Spain with more than 100,000 inhabitants which does not have a railway connection.

Plans for a train connection which would also benefit the Axarquia region have been on the table for years, and the Junta de Andalucia even assigned part of the work.

However, the €4 billion at which the work was estimated put an end to the plans.

The Ministry of Public Works agreed to help find private funding, but this plan also failed.

Now, the EU has closed yet another door on the railway connection.

By Jennifer Leighfield

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