Extended rail service from Malaga to Marbella is being considered again

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ALTHOUGH it has been considered many times in the past, the matter of an extended rail service to connect Malaga with Marbella raised its head again, when Junta de Andalucia Development Councillor Felipe Lopez told Malaga Hoy that the Junta is ready to work with the Spanish government to consider the construction of the rail line to Marbella.

This announcement has caused some surprise amongst other politicians, with mayor of Marbella Jose Bernal saying that the central government would be responsible for the funding of this project, and in view of the current political situation nationally, he didn’t wish to comment too much on the suggestion.  

He did, however, warn residents that they should not get too excited by this news as it will be a very expensive project costing over €5 billion, and nothing is likely to happen for some time and certainly not until the State returns to a healthy financial position. 

Malaga Provincial Council President Elias Bendodo also seemed surprised by the announcement of Junta de Andalucia and is reported as saying: “If the Junta wants to invest in the project it would be marvellous, but I have not heard Junta de Andalucia promising to invest money very often.”

He did nevertheless confirm that in previous meetings with the acting development minister Ana Pastor, she had assured him that the new Costa del Sol train was a priority. 

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    • Mike in ESP

      20 February 2016 • 08:29

      People can fairly forget about this happening, I can remember this having been talked about for many years and nothing done about it. Unfortunately now there is not much land to use on the creation of a rail line to Marbella and for it to be any use it would need to have stations at El Faro, La Cala, Riviera, Cabopino, Elvirea, Las Chapas * at least * and better with several more in between. It could be built with Chinese innovation as they are laying track through countryside and cities as quickly as you can put down lego bricks but at the end of the day the Mayor of Marbella says ‘nothing is likely to happen for some time and certainly not until the State returns to a healthy financial position’ so that means it isn’t going to happen.
      When I think of the money this part of the coast has brought into the governments coffers ‘and still does’ and Marbella has no rail line, the N340 is a disaster of a main road that needs fairly much every exit and run on rebuilt for safety, then I see the money that politicians wasted on Airports that haven’t opened, Speed rail lines and motorways that where never opened and not used it makes me loose even more of the little respect I have left for the politicians of this country. The Junta de Andalucia should be shut down, the only thing these people have done is made sure they have lined their pockets and kept their jobs while they should be looking after provence and people of Andalucia.

    • Roy Peters

      20 February 2016 • 19:22

      Well said Mike!

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