Pub­lic trans­port con­sor­tium pro­posed

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By James Parkes

A MA­RINA Baixa pub­lic trans­port con­sor­tium has been pro­posed by Benidorm town hall.

The first steps to­wards a Ma­rina Baixa pub­lic trans­port net­work were placed on the ta­ble of the area's se­cu­rity com­mis­sion this week.

The fu­ture con­sor­tium would in­clude nine towns in the area, namely Benidorm, Al­faz del Pi, Al­tea, Vil­la­joyosa, Fines­trat, La Nucía, Polop, Cal­losa d'En­sar­ríà and Relleu, to en­sure bus routes be­tween them, and es­pe­cially for the dis­trict hos­pi­tal in Vil­la­joyosa.

The pub­lic trans­port ser­vice in these ar­eas is cur­rently cov­ered by two com­pa­nies - Llorente Bus and Alsa - thanks to li­cences awarded by the Va­len­cia re­gional gov­ern­ment that have been ex­tended for sev­eral years.

How­ever, new leg­is­la­tion al­lows towns with more than 50,000 res­i­dents to is­sue their own li­cence - which is the case of Benidorm. But be­fore start­ing the process, the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have de­cided to bring neigh­bour­ing towns on board to in­crease its ap­pli­ca­tion.

If all towns ac­cept, and with the sup­port of Benidorm, it would al­low lo­cal coun­cils to out­line the most needed routes and sched­ules, as well as tar­iffs. The plan would es­sen­tially cre­ate a new metropoli­tan pub­lic trans­port net­work sim­i­lar to that al­ready in­clud­ing Ali­cante and its sur­round­ing towns (San Juan, San Vi­cente, etc).

The pro­posal would mostly ben­e­fit smaller towns and scat­tered ur­ban­i­sa­tions be­tween munci­pal­i­ties. How­ever, it would not be com­pletely in­de­pen­dent from Va­len­cia as it would re­quire a con­cen­sus from the re­gional gov­ern­ment.

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