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New airport access from A-7 will also add dual carriageway into Alhaurín de la Torre

New airport access from A-7 will also add dual carriageway into Alhaurín de la Torre
  • Construction will cost double the original budget as a viaduct needs to be added to old plans, but the congested single-lane link to the A-7052 and A-404 roads will be fixed first

The planned new northern link road from the A-7 (Malaga outer ring motorway) into Malaga airport will bring an extra bonus to drivers heading into nearby Churriana and Alhaurín de la Torre as well.

When the A-7 city bypass opened to traffic in 2010-2011 the need to cut spending during the global financial crisis forced the government to scale back its original plans.

At the new Churriana/Alhaurín junction, the 1.6km-long spur going south into the airport terminal went completely unbuilt and the spur going north towards Alhaurín de la Torre was given just one lane in each direction, even though the foundations were laid ready for a dual carriageway.

To this day, the motorway signs pointing into the airport have stayed covered up while the single-file spur exiting towards Alhaurín de la Torre has been blamed for causing one of the area’s biggest traffic bottlenecks.

Tailbacks to be solved first

All that will start to change from early next year when constructors move in to complete the missing parts of the jigsaw.

First to be fixed will be the extra lane towards Alhaurín de la Torre and the A-7052 and A-404, the authorities responsible confirmed this week.

Next will be the new link into Malaga airport. A budget of 44 million euros for the access has been allocated. This is double the amount originally planned as an extra viaduct will be added because other planned local distributor roads in the area haven’t been built either.

The new link should open by early 2021, speeding up trips to the airport for those from inland Malaga province and the Guadalhorce valley.