The current Cartagena-La Manga bus line, via La Unión, will continue to operate when the new transport model comes into service next Friday, 3 December, according to municipal sources in a communiqué.
Following instructions from the local and regional governments, the operating company will combine the concessions to maintain the service with the same route, between the city of Cartagena and the urbanisation of El Pedruchillo, in La Manga.
The Mayor of Cartagena, Noelia Arroyo, recalled that “the political will has been from the beginning to maintain and, as far as possible, improve the service, but it was essential to wait until the process of awarding the new lines was completed to work with the new operators to combine the concessions”.
The process ended last Friday and, since then, the administration has been adjusting the services together with the operator, a process that will be easier because the regional and local lines in that area are managed by the same company.
The new concession map will create a new regional line within La Manga, Line 4, which runs between Cabo de Palos and Veneziola; and there will also be new services connecting Cabo de Palos with other towns, such as line 6, which will run along the Mar Menor from San Pedro del Pinatar to Cabo de Palos, passing through San Javier, Los Alcázares and the Cartagena towns along the Mar Menor.
The system, which comes into operation next Friday, is made up of 16 lines in the region and reinforces the connections between Cartagena and the municipalities in its metropolitan area.