A possible new railway station on the local Cercanías line at Nueva Torrequebrada took a step forward recently at a meeting in Madrid.
Locals have been campaigning for the extra stop for years, and for the first time a mayor of Benalmádena has taken up the cause in a meeting with Adif, the state-owned rail infrastructure company.
"Nueva Torrequebrada is one of the main growth areas in the municipality and where the population has most increased. At the moment there are 16,872 people in this and surrounding areas that have serious transport and communication problems with the rest of the municipality and the Costa del Sol," explained the mayor, Víctor Navas.
Navas was meeting the director general of Adif, María Luisa Domínguez, and her team to present the plans for the station drawn up by town hall technicians. A petition of 1,400 names has also been handed in to Adif.
"In the meeting we told Adif that we're willing to help towards the costs of the station, as the town-hall's accounts are in a healthy state," added Navas.
According to town hall sources, the Adif team said they would ask the ministry for Infrastructure, which the rail company is part of, for permission to carry out a viability study for the new station.
"The population growth in the municipality, its urban development, the mobility and sustainability of this means of transport are more than enough reasons to listen to local residents' demands," explained Navas. He went on to say that Benalmádena only has two stops on the Malaga-Fuengirola line, compared to the five lying within the boundary of Torremolinos.