The municipalities of Marbella and Estepona have decided to stand together to fight the decision of the Ministry of Public Works to limit speed at the A-7, old N-340, between Fuengirola and Estepona to 80 mph. The mayors of both towns are concerned that the speed limit will add up to traffic problems on the A-7, especially in the summer season. They plea for free use of the toll road AP-7 to make sure traffic will keep running fluidly.
Mayors of both towns agree that although something has to be done to improve the safety on the A-7 road the problem is not going to be solved by reducing the speed limit to 80 mph. Their argument is that the real problem are the entrances and exits to these roads and the poor infrastructure between urbanizations. In the new PGOU there are propositions of a 54 million project to link the AP-7 and the A-7 on several locations and to reduce the amount of acceses to the A-7 to improve safety. In addition communication between urbanizations should be improved.
Both mayors say that the situation at the moment is affecting both towns economically, especially the San Pedro underpass project is affecting business in a hard way. This project should have been finished already years ago and has again been delayed. The mayor of Estepona is concerned this ads to the huge unemployment in Estepona. (45%)
“What is really buried in the moment is Estepona,” he lamented. The mayors claim not to be willing to allow the “systematic abuse” that the Costa del Sol is suffering from the central government. “It slows down without telling anyone, just as it also raises the price of the toll. It’s a stupid attitude of Development, because it is hurting one of the main economic engines of the country’s tourism in the Costa del Sol “, they said the makers.
Hopefully the central government will take action as I do agree that liberization of the AP-7 is one of the key factors to take infrastructure on the Costa del Sol a level further.
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