The possibility of a rail link as far east as Nerja was raised again during election campaigning last month. Leftist candidates made it clear that they are in favour of a sustainable rail service between Nerja and Cádiz.
News of support for new infrastructure came during a visit to Estepona last month of Eva García Sempere, the number two candidate of Unidas Podemos (coalition of Izquiera Unida and Podemos) and regional parliamentarian Guzmán Ahumada. They highlighted the need to, “consolidate economic models that are not entirely linked to tourism,” adding that railway development in the area, “remains stagnant after a century and a half.”
García Sempere criticised successive governments who have studied proposals for such action and she called for it now to be given “priority,” while Ahumade argued that a coastal railway carrying passenger and freight traffic is vital for the region.
There has never been a railway as far east as Nerja and the main line station in Málaga remains the starting and ending point for all train journeys. However, a line to Torre del Mar opened in January 1908 and was extended to Vélez-Málaga six months later. It reached Periana in 1921 and, finally, Ventas de Zafarraya in Granada in 1922. Services finally stopped in 1968, but some of the infrastructure remains around the countryside.