Traffic chaos strikes at new designer outlet village at Plaza Mayor

Queues on the main access ramp into the commercial area.
Queues on the main access ramp into the commercial area. / Ñito Salas
  • Thousands of cars were forced to wait in long tailbacks for more than an hour on Saturday. Traffic on the main motorway was unaffected, however

Motorists travelling to and from the long-awaited Málaga Designer Outlet next to Plaza Mayor, which was opened on 13 February, experienced the first major disruption since its opening on Saturday.

The good weather in the city, with clear skies and highs close to 20 degrees, encouraged thousands of people to head to the outlet village to sample the new discount luxury shops.

The two additional lanes which give access to the site, which run from the area close to the exit for Leroy Merlin until Plaza Mayor, did their job, preventing traffic jams on the MA-20 (Ronda Oeste) as it passes through Guadalmar, as confirmed by the DGT Traffic Control Centre in Malaga.

However, there were long queues on these lanes into the complex and a number of users had to wait more than an hour to leave the site with few alternative routes out of the complex.

Works on an alternative exit route to ease queues will not be completely finished until the end of March. According SUR sources, the remaining part of the new replacement bridge that crosses the MA-20 at Arraijanal, which is the only project still pending, will be put in place at the end of the month.

However, once in place, the bridge cannot be used for another 28 days, as load tests must be carried out before it can be authorised for use.