The city of Orihuela proudly publishes on the official Town Hall web page that it has excellent public transport services. It boasts that in addition to its train station with its links to the extensive Spanish rail network that it has “a total of 35 transmission lines and five bus operators”.
It also states that “public transportation provides an urban space that’s more healthy and of higher quality, reducing the number of vehicles that pass through our streets, improving the quality of the air we breath by reducing emissions from private transport, improving road safety, improving accessibility and finally increasing social integration of many groups that do not have or can not use the car for certain trips.”
Clearly these comments are directed at the city of Orihuela and have no relevance for those residents living on the mass of urbanisations that constitute Orihuela Costa.
Orihuela Costa has two bus services to serve the 33,227 residents plus the huge influx of holiday makers that flock to their holiday homes during peak season. These two routes each operate an hourly service starting at 7.30 am and terminating at 8.30pm.
The Red Line serves the northern part of Orihuela Costa, from the Town Hall to La Florida, west of the N332 to the motorway as boundaries. This route does not incorporate the health centre or the hospital at Torrevieja. It does however go closer to the beach than the blue route, but still fails to deliver passengers to any of the beautiful beaches that are the attraction for the tourists visiting this area.
The Blue Line goes from the health centre to Las Filipinas, Villa Martin, then terminating at the Town Hall. This route totally ignores all the beaches. No bus route serves the Cabo Roig peninsula or any of the beaches.
There is a day time hourly service between Cartagena and Alicante that mainly follows the N332, this service owes nothing to the administration in Orihuela. In addition there are three buses daily that go from Mil Palmeras to Orihuela, however non of these services would be of use to people working in the city.
The council also offers a weekly Tuesday service from the Town Hall at Playa Flamenca to Orihuela Market, but in order to access this service requires a visit to the tourist office or a lengthy phone call.
If any of the coastal inhabitants who live on the urbanisations to the west of the N332 have tried to live without the use of the car their mobility and life options would be severely restricted.
If anyone has tried to travel from the northerly urbanisations like Lago Sol to the health centre at Cabo Roig / La Regia using public transport they would face a disheartening journey.
What never fails to amaze me is that there is a total lack of transport for the vast numbers of summer visitors to access the beaches. No extra services are offered.
What is the reason for the vast discrepancy in public transport services between the coast and Orihuela? The Town Hall based in Orihuela city publicises that transportation facilitates integration of groups of people who have no access to private transport so why isn’t this applicable for the people of Orihuela Costa.
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