By Euro Weekly News Media • 02 April 2014 • 15:32
Torrevieja will not have a shuttle service linking the city with Alicante.
Torrevieja will not have a shuttle service linking the city with Alicante’s railway station and the high speed AVE train.
Alicante City Council has rejected the possibility of enabling a shuttle bus from the railway station to Torrevieja, Santa Pola, Benidorm and other tourist destinations in the province.
Alicante’s Councillor for Security, Finance and Traffic, Juan Seva, said a traffic and transportation study concluded that entry and exit for a shuttle bus would cause too much congestion.
The news has angered president of the Hoteliers Association Hosbec who is accusing Alicante of preventing further tourism from building in the province.
Antonio Mayor said it is crucial to get good links to the AVE to the main tourist destinations in the province, particularly Benidorm.
A few days before the start of Holy Week and after nearly a year of calling on the launch of shuttle buses, Hosbec continue their crusade and now are calling on Renfe to apply for the implementation of a combined ticket for Madrid-Alicante-Torrevieja and Benidorm and to see the importance of these links.
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Alicante City seems intent on maintaining a monopoly access to AVE. While next door Elche trys to maintain a cab monopoly at Altet.
Both actions are remarkably stupid, since they necessarily settle for a bigger slice of a smaller Tourism ‘Pie’.
It is in the National Interest that Tourism be facilitated and maximised thru local cheap transport.
And Benidorm can and will access AVE further north, with no revenue spinoff to Alicante!
And Torrevieja, Orihuela and Murcia could find common cause in establishing a rail feed to Murcia-San Javier Airport, suiting price sensitive airlines, and shifting tourism footfall out of both Alicante City & Elche!
A consequence both would-be monopolists richly deserve!
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