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The notorious La Cala motorway blackspot - 36 serious accidents on the bend in 7 years

Lorries have caused the latest pile ups on the A-7 La Cala bend.
Lorries have caused the latest pile ups on the A-7 La Cala bend. / I. G.
  • The lowering of the speed limit and installation of radar cameras on the A-7 have done little to reduce the risk, especially for lorries, and tailback misery is set to continue

Local residents are well-used to their journey along the A-7 coastal motorway from Marbella and Fuengirola being disrupted by an accident between kilometres 200 and 202 at La Cala de Mijas. This week a local politician highlighted just how dangerous that stretch is.

Socialist MP, Miguel Ángel Heredia, said that the number of serious accidents at that point on the busy road in the last seven years has reached 36. Apart from injuries and fatalities, the frequent pile-ups cause many kilometres of tailbacks, especially in summer.

The blackspot is centred on the bend by Mijas Playa which turns almost 90 degrees and which is a real challenge for inexperienced drivers and those in long vehicles. The most dangerous stretch is just 700 metres between kilometre 200 and 202 and mostly affects traffic driving towards Fuengirola.

In recent years efforts have been made to reduce the accident rate here. The maximum speed limit was reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h and also an average speed radar put in along a 5 kilometre section of the road, including the La Cala bend. This has reduced the number of accidents involving cars but not lorries.

When asked, locals say the only solution would be to actually straighten the road, something which is unlikely as the road hugs the beach here and, in any case, no proposal has ever been put forward.

The Socialist group on Mijas council has said it will continue to put pressure on central government to solve the problem and local politicians of all parties want to see the AP-7 toll road available free of charge when traffic builds up. So far Madrid has not commented.