Torremolinos town hall has announced an innovative project for a new, modern Cercanías train station with easy access for people with disabilities.
Madrid based architects, Estudio Lamela Arquitectos, have been commissioned to design the new station in the Plaza La Nogalera and work is due to start in January 2018.
With more than 60 years of experience since its foundation in 1954, the architectural firm has developed more than 1,600 projects in 32 countries. The company was responsible for the construction of the iconic La Nogalera apartment complex in Torremolinos, which lends its name to the town's main square.
It was for this reason, claimed Maribel Tocón, councillor for urban planning, that the company was entrusted with the construction of the new train station.
Tocón welcomed the new proposal, declaring, "We are pleased that, after years of ongoing problems, the new proposal has been given the green light."
In June 2015, Renfe proposed two projects. The first was to remodel the existing station.
The councillor explained that the first proposal "would just paper over the cracks" and it would still have caused problems for people with disabilities. She also suggested that the first proposal would have compromised the evacuation of the station in an emergency situation.
The second proposal, which has been accepted, is to build a new station complete with a lift to enable access to those with mobility difficulties.
The old train station has been a constant headache, not only for people with disabilities, but also for passengers carrying heavy luggage, golfing equipment and pushchairs.
Even though there is an escalator to exit the station, passengers are faced with a steep descent when entering the station. Those wishing to travel in the direction of Malaga are then confronted with another two sets of stairs in order to reach the platform.
Miguel Briones, the central government's representative in Malaga, said: "This is a wonderful project, of which we are very satisfied. After years of blockade, we finally have the go-ahead for the new railway station in Torremolinos. The work will commence in January 2018."