New plans for Costa del Sol rail line

Proposed route of rail line
Proposed route of rail line

A new plan to run extend the Mediterranean corridor along the Costa del Sol have been submitted to the government.

Home owners along the proposed route are awaiting news of the plans hoping their homes will not be in the way.

The planned line will run parallel with the A-7 motorway, cutting across farmland between Manilva and Algeciras, with another section of track from Marbella and west of Fuengirola.

The plan, backed by authorities in Malaga, is for the line from Almeria to Algeciras, via Malaga, and was proposed by lobby group Ferrmed who justified euro cost by emphasising the high positive economic impact the line would have on the area.

The cost of the western stretch, from Malaga, would cost around 7.5 billion euros and would include nine tunnels and 10 viaducts.

The route, which would include a stop in Motril and in Marbella would also include a freight line. Currently, Marbella is the only town in Spain, with a population over 100,000, without a train station.

The plan will need approval from the European Commission before it can proceed.

Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, highlighted the importance of the rail link for commercial development between Europe and Asia insisting that it “made more sense to run the freight line along the coast than inland which has steep inclines preventing the passage of big trains.”

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