The Councillor for Development, Infrastructure and Territorial Planning, Marifrán Carazo, and the Mayoress of Mojácar, have signed the collaboration agreement that will allow the execution of the works for the new transport interchange in the municipality. The project, currently in its final drafting phase, will be approved before the end of the year so that the works can be put out to tender in 2022.
Marifrán Carazo remarked that the agreement marks “the starting point for the construction of a bus station that will meet the demands of both local residents and the many tourists who come to Mojácar every summer”. The Councillor pointed out that this action, financed with Feder funds, will involve an investment of 686,300 euros between the project, other technical documents and the works.
Mojácar, with a population of around 7,000 inhabitants, increases its population to 40,000 in summer. More than 40 bus routes stop in the Almeria municipality, a number which is increased on some routes during the summer, given the tourist nature of the region. Despite the large volume of passengers, it does not have a specific facility to centralise the public transport offer. Intercity buses stop at various points throughout the municipality. The main one is called La Fuente and is located on Avenida de Andalucía, near the junction with Camino Huertas de las Parras.
The new bus interchange will be located, following an agreement between the Consistory, the Delegation of Development in Almeria and the General Directorate of Mobility of the Junta de Andalucia, on a 5,607 square metre plot of municipal land on Avenida de Andalucia (AL-6111), which is the road that connects the historic centre of the municipality with its coastal development. It also enjoys good connections with the Mojácar bypass and offers a direct exit to the Mediterranean Motorway (A-7). Mojácar Town Council approved the project for this land, which is currently in disuse, on 24 June.
This infrastructure will allow the provision of this public transport service in an adequate manner, guaranteeing the safety of the population when boarding and alighting buses and protecting users from inclement weather. The facilities have the capacity to stop four buses simultaneously. It will also have a waiting and service building annexed to it, as well as a taxi rank and a city bus stop in the surrounding area, to guarantee user access and promote the intermodality of the project.
The collaboration agreement represents the commitment of both parties to build this new interchange. The Consejería de Fomento, Infraestructuras y Ordenación del Territorio will assume the cost of the work and will be responsible for drawing up the technical project, as well as the tendering and execution of the works. Mojácar Town Council, for its part, will agree the subjective transfer of ownership of the plot of land to the Junta de Andalucía for the construction of the transport interchange. It will also provide water, electricity, sewage and access services.
2.6 million for interchanges
This project is part of the strategy implemented by the Regional Ministry of Development, Infrastructures and Territorial Planning to promote public transport through the construction of interchanges. In the coming months, work will begin on five new bus stations in Andalusia in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz), Huéscar (Granada), Almonte (Huelva), Beas de Segura (Jaén) and Lebrija (Seville), with a budget of 2.6 million euros. These works will be executed depending on the completion of the transfer of the land with the town councils.