The site of one of the new bridges

During the national budget announcement, Finance Minister Cristóbal Montoro showed a considerable increase in investment in the country´s railways and transport in 2014, with Orihuela looking to benefit in at least two principle ways. Firstly, the A-7 motorway between Monteagudo and northern Orihuela will be widened to include a third lane, extending the highway in Crevillente, considered as the gateway to the region. Secondly, 44.2 million euro will be invested in the Monforte, Elche and Orihuela railway network, which will be of considerable benefit to the municipality, despite the relatively short term pain of the residents who have had to endure the constant works so far.

Meanwhile, whilst checking the local accounts in preparation for the next budgets, the Councillor for the Coast, Martina Schreurer, has found some 506,000 euro of bank credits which have been left unspent by the coastal department during both the current and the previous administration. With 122,600 euro left over from 2006, 210,000 from 2008 and 174,000 from 2010, the council has already allocated 201,000 euro of various small improvements around the coastal area, and will be looking at other ways of using the otherwise wasted funds in order to provide things like play areas, la zenia and Villamartin areas, for which the technicians monitoring the work are confident will not cause any significant disruption to traffic whilst the bridges are installed.

Finally this week, a previous project submitted for the creation of a footpath and lighting on Calle Cipres has also been developed into one of practical use. Whereas the

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