A direct bus link from both Torrevieja and Benidorm to the High Speed Train network has been approved by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The initial plans show that the bus would run from both tourist rich towns to the newly built station at Villena, which has direct links to the coastal motorway network, but this is subject to approval by all parties involved, and may yet end up being Alicante.

A meeting will be held this week in Madrid, which will be attended by representatives from the towns, including Torrevieja Mayor, Eduardo Dolón, and train operator RENFE.

This is the first time such a service will be launched in the area, with passengers able to buy a complete ticket for their journey to include the road section to Torrevieja or Benidorm.

Final plans for the new shuttle could be formally submitted within a few days, coinciding with the Madrid International Tourism Fair (Fitur), where it is hoped that the combined ticket and service will be promoted to visitors attending the event.

It can only be hoped that the service becomes more popular than the direct airport bus, which became a costly exercise during the test phase with hardly any take-up by passengers.

Meanwhile, in Torrevieja, public transport is once again causing discord, as residents have been going to renew their “Citizen Card”, which they purchase to use instead of the free bus travel that had previously been provided, only to find that the cost of the card has increased, without any notification from the town hall.

The Los Verdes of Torrevieja have described the near 30% increase in the card as an example of the “Disinterest and mismanagement of the PP, in the city of Torrevieja, which economically punishes the residents of the municipality, significantly increasing the high tax burden to which they are forced as a result of many years of political corruption, extravagance and waste.”

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