The Spanish government let it be known last December that it has no immediate plans to build a railway station at Nueva Torrequebrada, despite an announcement by the Ministry of Public Works in March 2015 that it intended to do so.
Local residents say the station, on the suburban line between Malaga and Fuengirola, is badly needed because the nearest one is so far away, and the area is expanding rapidly. A campaign group has now been set up by people living in the area, and it is collecting signatures on a petition to put pressure on the government to change its mind. So far, over 1,400 people have signed.
More than 4,000 people live in Nueva Torrequebrada, mainly young families, pensioners and foreign residents. The nearest station is over six kilometres away, in Arroyo de la Miel, and although it can be reached by road, it can be a complicated and time-consuming journey.
The council agrees that there is a clear need for a station in Nueva Torrequebrada and believes it would bring positive results such as a reduction in traffic in the area and improved access to the beaches, and would generate more business.
The mayor, Víctor Navas, says the local authority is prepared to use part of its surplus to finance the works. Officially, the council is not able to build the station itself because it does not have the legal powers to do so, so permission is needed from the government in order to go ahead.
This would not be the first time the council had used its own funds for a project which is the responsibility of another authority. In the past it has also built a school on behalf of the Junta de Andalucía.