Lift at Los Boliches station is working again at last

Passengers can avoid the many steps and use the lift again.
Passengers can avoid the many steps and use the lift again. / I. G.
  • The five-week delay was blamed on the need to appoint a new repair company, as Madrid says it won't improve access to other local stations

After at least five weeks out of action, the lift up to the platform at Los Boliches train station, in Fuengirola, is working again.

The busy stop on the Cercanías line to Malaga, which is used by 600,000 passengers a year, has been without a lift service for five weeks. Following complaints by the Ciudadanos party on Fuengirola council and town hall investigations, sources said that the delay in repairing the lift was because Adif, the publicly-owned company operating rail stations, hadn't renewed a maintenance contract.

The lift has now been repaired after council complaints and reports in local media, although it wasn't immediately clear if the repair contract has now been renewed as well.

Other stations fare worse

While both Los Boliches and Fuengriola's main station can be reached by lift, the two other station in the municipality, Caravajal and Torreblanca, are still without proper disabled access, say opposition politicians. Despite complaints to the national government, Madrid claims that the less-used stations are accessible, despite wheelchair users needing to climb steps.