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Town hall to ask central government for urgent solution to Banús tailbacks

The A-7 between San Pedro and the exits for Puerto Banús.
The A-7 between San Pedro and the exits for Puerto Banús. / JOSELE
  • The deputy mayor for San Pedro will bring forward a motion to ask for funds to add an extra lane and rethink exits on this busy stretch of the A-7

Marbella town hall is set to ask the central government for urgent action to solve the serious traffic problems on the A-7 motorway between Puerto Banús and San Pedro Alcántara.

The area experiences traffic jams on a daily basis throughout the year, getting considerably worse during the summer.

The proposal, which will be brought forward by the deputy mayor for San Pedro, Javier García, for a vote at the next council, will urge the central government to allocate the necessary funds for works to increase the traffic capacity of this road between kilometres 172.1 and 174.95, as well as to rearrange the exits.

The motion explains that the construction of the underpass has not solved the congestion problem, only highlighting the shortfall in capacity on this road which has a volume of 90,000 vehicles every day.

Safety problems

"The mixture of urban and interurban routes on a high-capacity road which does not meet the parameters required for a motorway according to legislation, together with the numerous junctions and exits, cause continuous traffic jams, as well as road safety problems," García's document states.

The deputy mayor concludes that if action is not taken soon, the situation will continue to worsen and cause "damage to the tourism sector and the local economy".

The creation of a third lane, he says, is "fundamental for the present and future of San Pedro Alcántara".