The Unión Progreso y Democracia political group of Torrevieja, the UPyD, are insisting that the new direct bus link to the high speed train network is inadequate, and should revert to the original plan of Alicante.
As the 5th largest city in Valencia, coordinator for the group, Jose Serna, believes that the needs of both the city of Torrevieja and neighbouring Orihuela Costa are not being met by the current service, which currently takes as long as the direct bus between Madrid and Torrevieja.
In the first week of operation, the service to Villena hardly attracted any passengers, most buses running empty, and yet searches on the Renfe website stated that the available services were full.
Manuel Fares, representative of the UPyD in Orihuela, adds, “once again the service is poorly communicated on the Orihuela Costa, an area of a large tourist population, habitual users of the airport and potentially the AVE, with large gaps in public transport”.
Torrevieja and Orihuela UPyD claim that the citizens of Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa will not continue to be treated as second class citizens for not living in a provincial capital, and regret that all they seem to be offered is poor transport, expensive, unreliable, uncomfortable and insecure.
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