Early-bird buses now running in Llíria
Bètera council calls for extra buses to cater for future population increase
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.