Mayors of Axarquia complain about train project

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THE mayors of Axarquia and Eastern Costa del Sol have demanded the coastal train project is extended east, at least as far as Nerja.

Complaints were sparked by future plans for an extension of the Malaga to Fuengirola line that would take it further west to Marbella.

Torrox mayor, Francisco Muñoz, was the first to express his discontent at his town not being included in the train’s extended route.

Other mayors added their protests to Mr Muñoz’s, including mayor of Rincon de la Victoria, Francisco Salado, Velez-Malaga mayor, Francisco Delgado, Natacha Rivas from Algarrobo and Jose Alberto Armijo in Nerja.

“It is time we stop looking down on the municipalities of Axarquia and Eastern Costa del Sol, considering it as the poor sister of Western Costa Tropical as the destination has to be considered as a whole,” said Mr Salado.

“We understand that Marbella is the only town in Spain with more than 100,000 inhabitants which is not connected by train so it is understandable to connect it with Fuengirola, but without forgetting the Eastern Costa del Sol as well as Estepona and Manilva” said mayor of Velez-Malaga, Francisco Delgado.

Mr Muñoz, mayor of Torrox, added: “The Axarquia cannot afford to miss out on this train, because that would limit its developmental possibilities, depriving its 31 municipalities of a great infrastructure we need for better connections, with the airport and the AVE high-speed train.”

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