The Minister for Transport and Housing, Marc Pons, the Director General of Transport, Jaume Mateu, the Chairman of Confebús, Rafael Barbadillo, and Gregorio Ruiz, the Chairman of the concessionaire, Ruiz Group, today presented the new interurban public transport service for the northern area of Mallorca. The event, presented by the Mayoress of Alcúdia, Bárbara Rebassa, was for all the mayors of the 26 municipalities in the area.
Some improvements were highlighted during the presentation, including the increase in the frequency of some lines, such as the one connecting Palma with Playa de Muro or Palma with Puerto de Pollença, and new connections, such as the line linking Muro and Sa Pobla with Alcúdia Bay. The entire northern area service will be provided by 73 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and nine electric buses and a new infrastructure that will have connection stops in Inca and Puerto de Pollença.
Minister Marc Pons pointed out that this new service represents a change in the island of Mallorca’s land transport model and allows the autonomous government to directly design the service and improve its monitoring and auditing. The contract also contains social clauses to ensure good working conditions for workers.
The Chairman of Confebús, Rafael Barbadillo, added: “I’d like to congratulate the Government of the Balearic Islands for the magnificent job they have done, as this is a commitment to sustainable transport and a benchmark for public and private collaboration.”
Specific improvements in the northern area service
- 73 CNG buses.
- Nine 100% electric buses. Seven buses on the Alcúdia–Can Picafort suburban line and two more for the Alcúdia–Alcanada line in summer and for the Pòrtol–Es Figueral line in winter.
- Two diesel minibuses
- Vehicle capacity has been adapted to the expected demand for each line. Buses 15 m long on the lines: Palma–Sóller, Palma–Platja de Muro and Palma–Port de Pollença.
- Buses 12 m and 18 m long on the Alcúdia–Can Picafort line.
- The gas stations for refuelling CNG buses will be located at the concession’s three depots in: Polígono Ca na Lloreta in Alcúdia, Polígono Industrial in Inca, Polígono Sa Tàpia in Palma.
We’re improving the service
- Increase in supply of 49.3%.
- The four main lines in the area are increasing bus capacity and frequency:
- Palma–Sóller (through tunnel) every ½ h (currently every 1 h).
- Palma–Platja de Muro every ½ h (currently every 1½ h).
- Palma–Port de Pollença every hour (currently every 1½ h).
- Alcúdia–Can Picafort every 12 minutes (currently every 15 minutes).
- Increase in the supply of the Serra de Tramuntana lines to encourage tourism by public transport, for example:
- Longer high season: 1/3–31/10 and 15/2–15/11.
- Port de Sóller–Port de Pollença: from 2+2 to 5+5.
- Palma–Valldemossa–Deià-Sóller–Port de Sóller: more service at weekends and on public holidays (also in winter).
- Lluc–Sa Calobra: from 1+1 to 3+3; Inca–Lluc from 3+3 to 4+4.
- New connections:
- We’re creating a line linking Muro, Sa Pobla, Inca, Campanet and Búger with Alcúdia Bay (Alcúdia Beach, Muro Beach and Can Picafort) from April to October that will provide a service from 06.00 to 24.00.
- More connections between Pollença, Crestatx and Sa Pobla.
- A suburban line linking Pollença with Port de Pollença and Alcúdia. In summer the line will extend to the Bellevue Apartments in Port d’Alcúdia.
- Airport line:
- The Aerotib A32 line (airport line) is extending its route to Son Bauló with buses every 1 1/4 hours from 06.00 to 24.00 in summer. During the winter season the timetable will be from 07.00 to 20.00 and it will go to Inca where the journey will continue with a transfer.
- More service at weekends in Portòl/sa Cabaneta, Bunyola, Deià, Fornalutx, Llubí, Mancor, Muro, Pollença, Colònia de Sant Pere and others.
- Other supply increases:
- Alcúdia–Cala Rajada line, passing through Son Serra de Marina and Colònia de Sant Pere on all journeys.
- Búger and Campanet connect with main lines via a shuttle on the Ma-13 motorway.
We’re improving stops
- Connection stops at Port de Pollença, Inca Rail Station/Aparcament Toni Mateu and Inca Llevant stop as the main hubs in the area.
- New shelters in the municipalities of Puigpunyent, Marratxí, Bunyola, Sóller, Alaró, Inca, Selva, Mancor, Santa Eugènia, Pollença, Alcúdia, Muro, Campanet and Palma.
- Reorganisation of stops in Sencelles, Consell, Deià, Costitx, Bunyola, Santa Eugènia, Puigpunyent and others.
- Works planned for 2020: Santa Margalida, Campanet, Búger, Sa Pobla, Escorca, Fornalutx, Alcúdia and Valldemossa.
We’re improving user information
- Information point at Inca station open all week.
Further information: nova xarxa