The project aims to provide public transport as an alternative for accessing natural areas of interest in Mallorca that are currently under pressure because of too many cars. This measure promotes appropriate conservation of our natural spaces and also makes areas in Mallorca that attract tourism accessible to residents and visitors.
The main targets of the measures are the Serra de Tramuntana, Formentor peninsula, the Son Real estate, Cala Varques cove and Mondragó Natural Park. The planned works include constructing new bus stops, adding signage to the network of paths and roads and creating car parks outside protected areas.
The first work in the project will be the creation of a new central bus stop in Port de Pollença. This will become the main station for the current TIB bus lines and for the future shuttle bus that will link this town with Formentor peninsula from 2018.
In the Serra de Tramuntana, public transport access will be provided and improved to the main area suitable for hiking and other mountain sports and to population centres. Improvements to existing bus stops and the creation of new stops will involve around 90 separate works. Inca and Port de Pollença will become the 'gateways to the Tramuntana' where visitors can park their cars and continue by bus.
The aim of the project for the unspoiled beaches and protected areas of Mondragó, Son Real and Cala Varques is to take advantage of current TIB bus lines and improve the infrastructures of their stops or create new ones.
Financed by the 2016 Sustainable Tourism Promotion Plan, the project will be implemented in phases and involve an estimated investment of €1,243,000 for all the works.
Port de Pollença, base for the shuttle bus to Formentor
The new central bus stop in Port de Pollença will be the main station for the current TIB Pollença–Inca–Palma and Alcúdia–Can Picafort–Llevant area lines and for the future shuttle that will link this town with Formentor peninsula from 2018. It will also improve the buses linking the bays of Alcúdia and Pollença with the Serra de Tramuntana.
The new station is a joint project with the Town Council of Pollença. The total maximum cost of the planned works for all the Port de Pollença stops is €419,959.41 (including VAT) and it will be funded by the Mallorca Transport Consortium and the Town Council of Pollença, which will provide 9.525% of the final amount with a maximum of €40,000 (including VAT).
Reaching the Serra de Tramuntana by bus
The project is following the guidelines set out in the management plan included in the Declaration of the Serra de Tramuntana as world heritage as a measure to manage the public use of the mountain range by its visitors. In coordination with the Council of Mallorca, town councils and the Transport Consortium, strategic points have been identified along the Ma-10 road that are either start or finish points of hiking routes or that provide access to places of interest (for example Lluc, Fornalutx and viewpoints in the mountains).
These stops will be implemented and an intermodal car-bus station created in the city of Inca to encourage people to change their method of transport. New stops will be provided or existing ones improved at all these points. The works will take place throughout 2017 and they will make it possible to improve regular transport lines in the area in future.
The estimated cost of this subproject is around €800,000. It does not include the second implementation phase of the bus services.
Access to Son Real
Son Real is a public estate in Alcúdia bay between Can Picafort and Son Serra de Marina. A network of paths that are excellent for hiking or cycling excursions start from the Son Real houses. The work will entail the construction of two bus stops, one opposite the other, for both traffic directions. This stop will be used by all the TIB lines running in the area (a total of five). The estimated cost would be around €38,000.
Access to Cala Varques
As in the Son Real case, the works for the access to Cala Varques (located in Llevant halfway between Cala Anguila, Cala Mendia and Cales de Mallorca) also consist of the construction of two bus stops on the Ma-4011 road on which three bus lines run. There is a possibility of building a park-and-ride car park somewhere along the road.
Access to Mondragó Natural Park
The work planned for Mondragó Natural Park (with the beaches Cala Mondragó and s’Amarador) to prevent illegal parking in its access network includes adding more road signage on access routes to car parks and increasing the number of buses on the TIB 507 line (the latter at no extra cost).
The work includes changing stop locations and creating new stops to streamline traffic. The cost estimate for new stops and stop changes is €61,000.