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High speed train to come to Ronda PDF
Sunday, 06 November 2011 00:00

After years of waiting, it was announced this week that the proposed high speed rail link between Antequera and Ronda is to go ahead. The proposals are now out to public consultation.

The AVE is coming to Ronda. This means significantly reduced journey times to Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Málaga and beyond. The project also includes completing the upgrade of the line from Ronda down to Algeciras to allow for the faster trains.

The announcement was made on Friday, 4 November, via a BOE, Boletín Oficial del Estado. According to this document there will be 64.4 kms. of double track electrified line of the European gauge between the existing AVE-station at Antequera-Santa Ana and La Indiana, the old station on the outskirts of Ronda where the new AVE station for Ronda will be built.

The project has a budget of 711.47 million euros and will follow the route of the current single track line between Bobadilla and Ronda. However, according to the website the line will take a direct route from Setenil de las Bodegas to La Indiana, cutting out the S-loop which takes in Arriate and Ronda, and will cut through virgin countryside.

The proposals are now out to public consultation and the plans can be viewed at the Town Halls in Antequera, Campillos, Teba, Cañete la Real, Almargen, Ronda, Arriate, Olvera, Alcalá y Setenil de las Bodegas, as well as in Málaga City, Cádiz and Madrid.

I understand from an unnamed source that work will not commence until 2014. So peace and quiet for three more years before more new sounds are added to the local cacophony where we live.

© Paul Whitelock


Further reading:

BOE-B-2011-35706 - the Official Bulletin announcement (Spanish) - article in English - article in Spanish with maps - Wikipedia's take on the matter (Spanish)

Articles in the Spanish Press:

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0 #1 2012-05-19 16:20
Do I detect some NIMBYism here (I speak as someone who lives within audio distance of the CTRL)? Though La Indiana is a bit of a trek from Ronda's town centre, it will be nice to be able to reach Ronda more easily from other major Spanish cities. According to my calculations, the Antequera-Ronda link may put La Indiana within 2h30m of Madrid.

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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