An action group fighting to extend the passenger train service from Malaga towards Estepona has said it believes the central government has a "unique, probably historical" chance to finance the project with EU coronavirus restructuring funds.
Businessmen and hospitality associations have long called for the extension of the line from Fuengirola along the coast to Estepona, which they claim could carry up to 50 million passengers a year.
The 'Plataforma por el tren litoral en la Costa del Sol' has renewed its calls for the project to get the go-ahead saying, “We are faced with a unique opportunity, probably historical, for the construction of this extension to the line, since it fits perfectly with the objectives set by Europe for restructuring funds, where among other issues it is committed to the development of sustainable transport, such as the rail transport, and to infrastructures that stimulate the economy.”
The group says, “It is a line that facilitates the mobility of the coastal population, while reinforcing our international relations making the most of the potential that having an international airport and the AVE high-speed train links provides.”
Finally they point out that if the project doesn’t get the green light, “It will bea difficult decision to explain to the 50 million annual passengers, which the administration itself has estimated, is the demand for a train to Estepona."