A major plan to promote the use of public transport in the metropolitan area of the city of Málaga has been proposed by the Junta de Andalucía. The proposals, which would affect 16 municipalities and has a budget of €445 million, was launched on September 20 and is available for public inspection and comment until October 8.
Dozens of individual projects are listed in the plans to improve connections by train, bus and bicycle, with the intention of reducing the number of private cars on the roads. The most ambitious of the proposals, budgeted at €145.6 million, is to double the capacity of the local rail line between Málaga and Fuengirola, and to increase the frequency of the services from the present 20 minutes to 15 minutes.
In addition, it is planned that the C-1 and C-2 local rail lines will be extended from their present terminus at Alameda Station as far as Plaza de la Marina at a cost of €34.4 million. There will also be a shuttle service from the future metro station at the Hospital Civil to both Ciudad Jardin and the Andalucía Technology Centre.
A range of new road connections and upgrades are planned, along with the expansion of the network of cycle lanes, in the project which the mayor of Málaga says is necessary, “to stimulate the transfer of passengers from private to public vehicles without the need to invest in large infrastructures. The mayor of Rincón de la Victoria, Francisco Saldo, underlined the needs of the coast east of Málaga, the population of which he emphasised is “very important and growing enormously.”
Entry into service of the new facilities, which will be paid for by the regional government, provincial government and individual town councils, has been as 2030.
The Minister of Development has also announced that seven new municipalities will soon be incorporated into the Málaga Area Metropolitan Transport Consortium: Álora, Antequera, Coín, Fuengirola, Riogordo, Valle de Abdalajís and Villanueva de la Concepción. The Consortium will then serve 1.1 million inhabitants of 19 municipalities, compared to the current 965,000, while in a second phase, the addition of Vélez-Málaga is also planned.