THE Ministry of Public Works is studying the possibility of taking the short-distance train as far as the Parque Tecnologico in Campanillas (Malaga), where some 14,000 people work.
A train would be a huge help in reducing the tailbacks which can be seen on the road to the Parque Tecnologico every day.
One of the options being discussed may also take the train to Alhaurin de la Torre, one of the most important towns of Malaga’s metropolitan area, Local daily Diario Sur reports.
The plan is to create a branch from the C-1 Malaga to Fuengirola line, heading north from the airport as far as Alhaurin de la Torre, across the Guadalhorce motorway (A-357), to the Parque Tecnologico.
This option would be the longest and most expensive to create, but also the most profitable for the number of potential users. At the moment, many people from Alhaurin de la Torre and other inland areas drive as far as the Plaza Mayor shopping and leisure centre and take the train from there into Malaga city or towards other parts of the coast.
The other option which is being studied is to reform the C-2 Malaga to Alora line, creating a two-kilometre branch from the Campanillas station. This would require several major projects, including a tunnel, but would be cheaper and easier, although possibly not so profitable.
It had initially been discussed that the Malaga to Teatinos campus Metro Line would be extended through Los Asperones to Campanillas, but this option was rejected as the metro could not carry enough passengers at one time, and it would take almost an hour to get there, offering few advantages over private vehicles.
It will be the government chosen in the November 20 elections that will decide.
By Jennifer Leighfield