Denia has defended the profitability of a train connection with Gandia and assures it would be used by 520,000 passengers a year.
Denia government will maintain their staunch support for the project after the Ministry of Development has questioned its profitability on multiple occasions. The ministry has insisted at least twice, both in 2016 and this year, that the train connection wouldn’t be lucrative.
On the other hand, Councillor for Urban Planning Maria Josep Ripoll, is standing by the now famous report from Alicante University that states the railway would be used by 520,000 commuters. Ripoll also added that the figure is predicted to increase annually based on population growth, reaching 540,000 travellers by 2030.
In 2016, a report commissioned by the Ministry’s department of Railway Planning, concluded that the train connection would not be socioeconomically profitable, mainly due to the low demand by travellers. Three years later, Denia Town Hall insists that the project should also take into account other factors such as positive environmental impact.