The convoy of cars during Sunday's protest caused long tailbacks. / T. B.

Demonstration causes long tailbacks in Benalmádena Costa

Protesters came together on Sunday to air their concern about the reduction of lanes on the main coastal road

TONY BRYANT

Hundreds of cars and motor cycles that took part in a demonstration about the alterations of Avenida Antonio Machado in Benalmádena Costa caused long tailbacks along the seaside road last Sunday. The noisy protest, which took place between the Los Molinillos roundabout and the Flathotel complex, began at 11am, when protesters came together to show their concern about the reduction of the main route to one lane, which they claim is causing unnecessary delays for motorists during peak hours.

The town hall initiated the project that reduced the Torremolinos-bound carriageway to one lane to reduce emissions and improve public transport services.

One protester said, "Whoever made this decision should try to use this road during the rush hour. It's absolutely crazy. The emissions coming from the congestion of cars is surely higher now than before."

Furious residents formed a Facebook group calling for the decision to be reversed, claiming that the authorities did not take into account "the density of the population, the number of traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and bus stops on the section of road". The group have highlighted the fact that the single lane is already causing disruption at a time when there is relatively low traffic due to the pandemic, adding, "it is not difficult to imagine the chaos that will be generated under normal circumstances."