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.