Malaga metropolitan transport plan announced at a cost of 445 million euros

Metropolitan transport plan for Málaga announced at a cost of 445 million euros. image: Twitter

A metropolitan transport plan for Malaga has been announced at a cost of 445 million euros.

The Junta de Andalucía, together with the Diputación de Málaga and the rest of the municipalities of the Málaga metropolitan area, have announced a metropolitan transport plan for the Málaga region, at an estimated cost of 445 million euros.

The plan, which remains in the planning phase until October 8, will require funding from European Next Generation Funds (EUNGF), as well as contributions from the State, the Junta de Andalucía, the Diputación de Málaga and the rest. municipalities that will be directly involved.

This was announced on Monday September 20 during a presentation by Marifrán Carazo, Minister of Development, Infrastructures and Spatial Planning; Francisco Salado, President of the Provincial Council of Malaga and Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Malaga.

Reduction of greenhouse gases

The initiative aims to reduce greenhouse gases by 45% in the metropolitan area of ​​Malaga. For this, the use of private vehicles should be reduced by 4%, which would mean a significant reduction of 6.4% in greenhouse gas emissions per year, explained the director of the Plan, Manuel Márquez Pigner.

In addition, it provides for a 25% increase in public transport and a 5% increase in bicycle use, as well as a 5% decrease in demand for private vehicles.

Among the three scenarios that were studied for the plan, it was considered that the first of them would be a rapid transit bus between the center of the capital in El Palo, the extension of lines C-1 and C-2 from Cercanías to Plaza de la Marina or setting up a shuttle bus between Andalucía Tech metro station and the PTA.

However, this implied excluding Scenario 2, the main difference of which was the extension of Andalucía Tech’s metro to the PTA, due to its lower performance between cost and benefit.

This plan included some of the actions described in the Coastal Plan of Malaga, which was promoted by the mayor. For example, the establishment of a low-emission zone in the city center, the extension of the Cercanías to Plaza de la Marina or the restructuring of the María Zambrano and Muelle Heredia bus stations.

The implementation of the Plan, which would be activated in 2030, is pending the allocation of 445 million euros from European Next Generation funds, according to preliminary documentation.

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