Monday 31st May 2021 – MIKE SMITH
The Marina Alta, a region of 33 municipalities and three EATIMs with a registered population of 178,203 (2020) which increases markedly during the summer season, has long been an area without a public transport system linking the coastal towns, such as Xàbia, to those of the interior, such as Pego and Xaló.
In 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Public Works and Territorial Planning drafted Project CV-201: La Marina Alta, an initiative that would resolve this long-running gap in the region’s infrastructure by proposing 13 routes providing a public transport system which would allow residents to travel from Calp in the south to Pego in the north, for instance.
|Line 1||Pego – El Poblets– El Verger – Ondara – Dénia Hospital – Dénia.|
|Line 2||Calp – Benissa – Teulada Moraira – Gata de Gorgos – Pedreguer – Dénia Hospital – Dénia|
|Line 3||Benissa – Senija – Llíber – Xaló – Alcalalí – Parcent – Benigembla – Murla – Venta del Zurdo – Orba|
|Line 4||Orba – Tormos – Sagra – El Ràfol d’Almúnia – Benimeli – Sanet i els Negrals – Beniarbeig – El Verger – Ondara – Dénia Hospital – Dénia|
|Line 5||La Vall de Laguar – Orba – Benidoleig – Pedreguer – Beniarbeig – Ondara – Dénia Hospital – Dénia|
|Line 6||Benissa – Teulada Moraira – El Poble Nou de Benitatxell – Xàbia|
|Line 7||Calp – Moraira – Teulada|
|Line 8A||Dénia – Dénia Hospital – La Xara – Jesús Pobre – Gata de Gorgos – Xàbia|
|Line 8B||Dénia – Dénia Hospital – La Xara – Jesús Pobre – Gata de Gorgos – Xàbia – El Poble Nou de Benitatxell|
|Line 9||Orba – Tormos – Sagra – Pego|
|Line 10||Castell de Castells – Benigembla – Murla – Venta del Zurdo – Orba|
|Line 11A||Planes – La Vall de Gallinera – L’Atzúbia Forna – Pego|
|Line 11B||Planes – Catamarruc – Margarida – La Vall d’Alcalà – La Vall d’Ebo – Pego|
The Marina Alta Cultural Association (MACMA) has considered this proposal to be a fundamental project for the structuring of the region and the enhancement of the rural territories as well as being a clear anti-depopulation measure. Thus, it is pushing the proposal to be included in the Generalitat Valenciana’s participatory budget for 2022, for which 125 million euros will be put aside, of which 13.7 million euros has been allocated to the central regions of the Community: Marina Alta, La Safor, La Costera, Vall d’Albaida, el Comtat, l’Alcoià and Marina Baixa.
And it will be looking for the support of the people who live in the Marina Alta to get this initiative off the ground and provide the region with a public bus network that it deserves.