Malaga's road tunnel around the port: an ambitious plan without a planned start date

The road will be put underground for 2.2 kilometres.
The road will be put underground for 2.2 kilometres. / SUR
  • The project would cost an estimated 277 million euros

The mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, proposed in the recent election campaign one of the most ambitious megaprojects in the city in recent years: hiding the main, west-east road alongside the city's port in a tunnel. The project would see 2.2 kilometres put underground from Muelle Heredia, where the beach stops and the port starts when entering from the west, right through to the La Malagueta beach in the east. It would cost an estimated 277 million euros and would need European Union funds as well as central and regional government contributions.

The plan will need to go through at least two years of studies and planning hurdles. The big civil engineering project would be in two tunnels from the mouth of the Guadalmedina river to the Pablo Ruiz Picasso promenade, by the newly restored Hotel Miramar and would skirt the port by Muelle Uno shopping centre. In addition a new underground bus station would be built where the Plaza de la Marina car park is, with the underground car park moving to the port side of the area, nearer the ferry terminal.

Speaking about the financing needed for the project, De la Torre confirmed that he is ready to commit to a study of the idea this year, despite no money set aside in the 2019 budget for it. "This isn't a project that is going to be carried out immediately," he said.