New Malaga metro link: “We can’t wait for it to open; we are counting the days”

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Isabel Plaza and her dog Sultan, at Atarazanas station of the Malaga metro / SALAS OF SALVADOR

Residents and shopkeepers in the city center reacted after previewing the stations of the last section of the line, which is due to open in a few months.

Around 200 residents and shopkeepers from central Malaga visited the Atarazanas and Guadamedina stops of the new metro service, as part of a series of tours organized by the Junta de Andalucía. This last section of the metro should come into service in a few months, before the August fair. SUR spoke to some of the first visitors, to gauge their reaction.

Isabel Plaza, who teaches language and literature at the Faculty of Education at the University of Malaga, was very pleased with what she had seen. “The station is lovely and the location is great for me as I live in Duquesa de Parcent so it’s very close to my house and the market,” she remarked afterwards. . “It was worth waiting all these years for this.”

“I was looking forward to seeing what the stations look like, and they are well designed. A lot of people around here can’t wait for the metro to get downtown,” said Rafael Razquin, owner of a professional cosmetics distribution business.

Horacio Gallego, owner of a new wine shop on Ancha del Carmen street in the El Perchel district, and his wife Elena del Rosario, are convinced that the metro will help their business as it will increase the number of visitors to the region. “They are working hard to get it up and running by the time of the August fair when there will be so many tourists, but they better take their time and not rush it, so everything is perfect,” said Horacio.

a thousand times better

Elena, however, is more impatient. “I want it to open as soon as possible. I’ve lived in other cities with a metro and I think it’s a thousand times better than taking the bus. Still, we’ve been waiting for this for seven years, since they started working at La Alameda, so a few more months won’t make much difference,” she said.

“Malaga is a progressive city and this metro is what it deserves. It’s a sign for the future,” said Francisco Benítez, who lives in Nueva Malaga but comes to the city center every day to shop and walk around. For him, the biggest problem currently is the number of cars and the difficulty of parking. “It will mean more people will come, because they won’t have to worry about it anymore,” he says.

“It will be very successful. It will bring more life to the city center and there will be very good connections with other districts. I like it very much,” said Pedro Montes, vice president of the Association of Business and Commerce of El Perchel, for whom the visit had been an assurance that the long-awaited Malaga Metro will benefit businesses and residents. .

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