Government and Junta agree to coordinate Marbella train project

Felipe López and Íñigo de la Serna during the meeting on Tuesday
Felipe López and Íñigo de la Serna during the meeting on Tuesday / EFE
  • The Public Works minister did, however, reject a request to finish the new line between Malaga and Seville, which was begun by the Junta

The Minister of Public Works, Íñigo de la Serna, and his counterpart in the Junta de Andalucía, Felipe López, met in Madrid last week and agreed that the planned extension of the Cercanías railway service from Fuengirola to Marbella will be jointly coordinated between their two ministries. Until now, the regional government has not been involved in the project, which is key to the development of the Costa del Sol.

After the meeting, De la Serna said the alternative plans for the line which will run to Marbella and Estepona have already been presented, and he was confident that “in a few weeks", the results of a study into the project will be made available to the public.

Felipe López said he was very satisfied with the commitment from the Minister that the railway projects carried out by the government in Andalucía will be analysed at technical meetings, “as this will enable the Junta to know what action is being planned and therefore be able to contribute to improving it”.

De la Serna also explained that Felipe López had asked the government to take on responsibility for the direct rail corridor between Malaga and Seville, which the Junta started but had to suspend because of lack of funds. The minister said this was not the government's responsibility, although the representative of the Junta said it is, because in 2013 the EU approved the Transeuropean Network and this stretch of railway is included in that.

He also pointed out that the EU provides funds towards the execution of the project, so the work which has already been carried out by the Junta between Marchena y Antequera was a “start” to the infrastructure project which the government could finish in the future.