The town council in Benalmádena will request authorisation from the Ministry of Finance to use its own surplus to build a new Cercanías stop in Nueva Torrequebrada.
A council meeting on 31 May unanimously approved a proposal for an agreement with the Ministry of Development to carry out the works. This would allow the authorities to respond to the demands of residents, who currently have to travel several kilometres to catch the train, which connects Malaga and Fuengirola.
A recent petition collected 1,400 signatures in favour of the new stop. Adjoining localities Torremolinos and Fuengirola have five and three stops, respectively, while in Benalmádena there are just two: Arroyo de la Miel and Torremuelle.
The mayor, Víctor Navas, says that a new stop would be “beneficial to the local economy”.
The central government, which has jurisdiction on matters such as these, said in December that it did not plan to build a new stop in the area, stating that further cost-benefit analysis was necessary.
This is not the first time that this issue has been discussed by the council. Nueva Torrequebra is currently undergoing development and has a population of 4,000 people. It is situated more than six kilometres away from Arroyo de la Miel. Recent development projects in the area have resulted in the construction of a new school, funded by the regional government, and an extension to the dam, whose budget came out of central government surplus.
The local council claims that population growth has been significant in recent years and the 103 bus line is “insufficient” for everyone's needs: “A new train stop would mean a “considerable improvement to quality of life”.