The Minister for Territory, Energy and Mobility, Marc Pons, as President of the Mallorca Transport Consortium, and the mayors of the Municipal Councils of Alcudia and Muro, Antoni Mir Llabrés and Martí Fornés respectively, have today signed the corresponding agreements to enable the works to commence on the regular public transport stops on the roads in their municipalities. The improvement plan for these stops involves an investment of 800,000 euros from the Mallorca Transport Consortium in order to carry out the works and finance the project.
For their part, the Municipal Councils agree, among other things, to assume responsibility for the cleaning and maintenance of the stops and their immediate surrounding areas, as well as for the corresponding energy costs.
The Alcudia Bay corridor is a very popular bus route, with some 2 million passengers travelling along it every year. The main routes currently serving the area are the L351 Palma – Playa de Muro (Campsite) and the L352 Can Picafort – Port de Pollença, which in 2017 transported 420,000 and 1,403,932 passengers respectively. There are also other routes, such as the Aerotib A32, connecting Alcudia Bay with the airport.
The project for the whole corridor relates to the renovation and improvement of the stops. These measures form part of the Regular Road Transport Service Plan for the Island of Mallorca (PISTRVC), one of the aims of which is to upgrade the stops. Consequently, and to improve journey times and offer a better service, a total of twelve locations will be involved.
The five future locations within the area of Alcudia are: Hotel Viva, Hotel Delfín Azul, Hotel Boccaccio, Es Llac Gran and Hotel Condesa Bahía. In the municipal district of Muro, work will be carried out on the following stops: Las Gaviotas, Hotel Iberostar Playa de Muro, Hotel Playa Esperanza, Hotel Parc Natural, Hotel Alcudia Pins and the Muro Campsite.
The main improvements to all of the stops consist of the following:
- Installation of new shelters, equipped with lighting, to protect passengers from the elements. These modular shelters will be adjusted to meet the demand of each stop.
- Improvement of pedestrian access to the stops, making them easier and quicker to access on foot and suitable for passengers with reduced mobility. In this respect, the pavements will be extended to a minimum width of 1.80m, with ramps installed to access the stop, or the stop moved closer to a pedestrian crossing. The ground will also be marked with contrasting colours and tactile paving surfaces will be used to adapt it to the needs of visually impaired passengers.
- Creation of bus bays of 3m in width and up to 50m in length, so that buses can stop without affecting traffic in the main lane. There will also be sufficient room for two 18m articulated buses to stop at the same time.
- 3m-wide platforms to accommodate passengers as they wait for the bus.
This project is funded by the Mallorca Transport Consortium. The tender budget for the works in the municipality of Alcudia is 348,124.71 euros (including VAT) and for the works in the municipality of Muro, 423,148.02 euros (including VAT). Bids can now be submitted and the deadline is 25 January.
In addition to these improvements to the stops along the Alcudia Bay corridor, some 200,000 euros (allocated from the Sustainable Tourism Tax) will be invested in upgrading the Alcudia central stop (on avenue Príncipes de España). A pantograph will be installed at this stop for buses to collect electrical power, as the Alcudia-Can Picafort route will be one of the 7 routes on which the new licensed operators will be using electric buses from 2019.
TIB prepares the new network, which will enter into operation in 2019
The work on the new stops along the Alcudia Bay corridor and the work on the set of stops in Puerto de Pollença forms part of the plan to restructure and improve the new TIB network, which will enter into operation in 2019. These works form part of the Regular Road Transport Service Plan for the Island of Mallorca (PISTRVC), the aim of which is to plan and facilitate the regular road transportation of passengers and which has set the objective of increasing the overall demand for the inter-urban bus network by 25%.