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Costa del Sol: hoteliers alert due to road saturation

The growth of the entire Costa del Sol will be reduced by the high saturation of its roads“, stated José Luque, president of the Association of Hotel Entrepreneurs of the Costa del Sol (Aehcos), given the short-term absence of the coastal train. The businessmen ask the Central Government for financial support in the General State Budgets 2024, with a considerable allocation to evaluate and reverse the situation, and for the affected administrations to carry out a complete study with the aim of analyzing the mobility situation in which is found the Costa del Sol.

Businessmen consider that the arrival of the coastal train is essential to alleviate the current situation on the roads, and have encouraged the efforts of all the actors involved to unblock the current situation.

José Luque considers that so far “tiny amounts” have been allocated if one takes into account that it is a project “valued between 3,000 and 5,500 million euros.”

“The A-7 highway has been outgrown for years to absorb the high urban and interurban traffic”, even in the low season, which is why hoteliers demand that statistical criteria with projections to 2040 be used to prepare this study, as well as that the different proposals presented to date be incorporated to your evaluation.

Among the different proposals is that of the Malaga Provincial Council, which has presented a manifesto for sustainable mobility on the Costa del Sol, demanding a boost to the railway structure, and while this arrives, that short-term measures such as the bonus or aid for the use of the AP-7 toll, reminds Aehcos.

Aehcos estimates that 4,160 hotel employees travel along the sections of the A-7. Source: Aehcos.

How the lack of housing impacts road saturation

The Association of Hotel Entrepreneurs of the Costa del Sol explained that one of the reasons why the roads are saturated during rush hour, “is the lack of housing for residents”due to the supply deficit and its high price in urban leasing.

The research and statistics department of Aehcos has shown that many workers in the hotel sector are forced to travel longer from their residence, precisely due to the lack of housing in the territories where they work.

The study shows that 4,160 workers, 12.53% of the total hotel workers, travel along sections of the A-7 in which the highway operatesand that the potential total number of trips per day used by hotel sector personnel is 6,238, which represents a total year of almost 2.3 million trips.

The sections with the highest number of users are the area between Marbella and Benahavís; between Estepona, Casares and Manilva; between Mijas and Fuengirola. Which are precisely the sections of the A-7 with the greatest saturation, if we ignore the Eastern Costa del Sol and the accesses to Malaga capital from the East.

The Executive Committee of Aehcos has called on the institutions so that the improvement of mobility on the Costa del Sol and the arrival of the coastal train does not become a “weapon” of dissent, but rather, in the short term and while take measures or carry out studies, make consensual decisions regarding the highway, establishing support measures, incentives or bonuses for current users of the A-7.

Source: Hosteltur

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