Early-bird buses now run­ning in Llíria

Bètera coun­cil calls for ex­tra buses to cater for fu­ture pop­u­la­tion in­crease

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Saman­tha Kett BUSES in Llíria will now run ear­lier in the day in re­sponse to pop­u­lar de­mand.

Res­i­dents in the Camp de Túria (Va­len­cia prov­ince) town com­plained that with the first buses of the day not set­ting off un­til be­tween 09.00 and 10.00, they were un­able to use pub­lic trans­port to get to work or to go to the hos­pial for blood tests.

It meant the in­tro­duc­tion of up to seven reg­u­lar routes con­nect­ing the hos­pi­tal, town cen­tre and ur­ban­i­sa­tions at the end of sum­mer did lit­tle to help those with­out a car or to cut traf­fic.

But now, Lines 2 and 3 have started run­ning at 06.55, re­veals coun­cil­lor for pub­lic works and ser­vices Francesc Fom­buena.

Be­fore, these routes started at 08.30 and 09.15 re­spec­tively.

Line 4 now starts its ser­vice at 08.11, reach­ing the town cen­tre at 08.35, and pas­sen­gers will still make it to the health cen­tre be­fore 09.00 even if they have to change onto Line 2 or 3 af­ter catch­ing the 4.

On-de­mand buses are ex­pected to run from early Novem­ber, says Fom­buena.

This will al­low a min­i­mum num­ber of res­i­dents to re­quest a bus at a cer­tain time when it would not nor­mally be run­ning. Else­where in the Camp de Túria, Bètera coun­cil has called for ex­tra buses to cater for the town's fu­ture pop­u­la­tion in­crease.

Cur­rently home to 25,000 peo­ple, Bètera is ex­pected to grow to 32,000 within a decade, mean­ing pub­lic trans­port will need to be­come much more fre­quent.

The re­gional gov­ern­ment's bus route plan for the three prov­inces of Ali­cante, Va­len­cia and Castel­lón was un­veiled in sum­mer, and is de­signed to be valid for the next 10 years.

But for Bètera, it is based upon the cur­rent pop­u­la­tion and will be woe­fully in­ad­e­quate when the head­count rises by an­other 7,000.

The route plan is a dra­matic im­prove­ment – with Line 8 from Va­len­cia city trav­el­ling to and from Bètera's ur­ban­i­sa­tions five times a day – but this will still not be enough in a few years' time.

In call­ing for more buses and more reg­u­lar pick-ups, the coun­cil has also urged the re­gional gov­ern­ment to con­tinue of­fer­ing the ser­vice at week- ends and bank hol­i­days, and to in­clude a stop at the health cen­tre.

Res­i­dents in Mas Ca­marena and Torre en Conill want the Va­len­cia-Bètera bus stop off there, and to be in­creased to 15 round trips a day rather than five.

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