Government favours overground route for railway line to Marbella

The minister spoke in Malaga on Thursday.
The minister spoke in Malaga on Thursday. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • De la Serna offered scant news on the Cercanías extension plan, which will need four years of studies before works could start

The minister for Public Works used his visit to Malaga to update on progress on a variety of projects planned on the Costa del Sol.

On the subject of the long-talked-about extension to the coastal railway line from Fuengirola to Marbella and Estepona he spoke little, but he did provide some clues to the government's plans.

According to De la Serna, of the three alternative routes for the line the ministry favoured the overground option. This however would run outside the coastal resorts and passenger would require some sort of transport to reach their nearest station from town centres.

The line will be an extension to the existing Cercanías local railway with journey times of an hour and fifteen minutes to Marbella from Malaga, and so not provide much competition for the 45-minute journey by car.

De la Serna said that in September or October he hoped initial scale plans of the three possible options would be available for people to see. An environmental impact study would follow in 2018.

The minister also confirmed that the contract to build the new northern road access to Malaga airport from the A-7 outer ring road and Alhaurín de la Torre would be put out to tender in the autumn.