Ronda toll road scheme could be put on hold

LAST UPDATED: 6 Apr, 2009 @ 19:40
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Ronda toll road scheme could be put on hold

The ‘difficult’ 200 million euro project may be overruled in favour of upgrading existing road

A CONTROVERSIAL motorway linking Ronda with the Costa del Sol has been held up amid claims that the project has been scrapped.

The opposition PP party claims that the project, announced by PSOE-led Junta just before last May’s elections, will not go ahead.

Insisting it was merely a political sop, now the Junta has confirmed it is a “difficult” project and has indeed been held up.

The boss of Malaga’s department of public works admitted that the Junta was looking at the possibility of upgrading the existing road at a fraction of the cost.

Dolores Fernandez added that a new viability study would need to be done, and that the issues of cost and the environment had become key issues.

The Olive Press has been campaigning in favour of this decision for the last two years, insisting that upgrading of the existing road could be a tenth of the cost of the predicted 200million euro toll motorway.

If true it is excellent news for environmentalists and conservation groups, who insist the road will be extremely damaging to the virgin Genal valley, as well as the mountains north of Benahavis.

They have long claimed that the toll motorway would only serve a handful of builders and property developers looking to make a fast profit in the area.

A spokesman for the IU party described the decision as “very encouraging”.

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