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Arona council urges united approach to port access congestion 

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Arona council is asking for the help of Tenerife Cabildo and the Canary Government to find a solution to congestion at Los Cristianos port.

The authority says a “comprehensive mobility solution” is needed and it should involve all parties.

The Mayor, José Julián Mena recently met with the regional deputy Héctor Gómez with the aim of promoting an initiative in Parliament for improvements to the access roads to the dock, the entrances to Los Cristianos from the southern highway and the boarding area.

Sr. Mena recalled that Arona council, in collaboration with the Port Authority, has improved the access to the dock, increasing the up and down lanes, but asks for the commitment of the rest of the institutions to address a more comprehensive solution within the framework of their competences.

Sr. Mena was accompanied by councillor for municipal works, José Luis Gómez.

“Specifically, Arona council raises the need to improve access to this town from the southern highway, TF-1, the routes linking the port area and the boarding area, which would benefit both the road traffic in Los Cristianos, facilitating the mobility of those who move to the dock to catch a boat bound for the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro,” said a spokesman for the council.

“Within the framework of its competences, Arona has collaborated with the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the reorganisation of the traffic at the entrance to the wharf, increasing the number of upstream and downstream lanes, which has resulted in a reduction in traffic jams, but the search for a comprehensive solution is within the framework of other institutions, such as the Cabildo de Tenerife and the Government of the Canary Islands, which are the ones that must carry out these projects of greater draft.”

Sr. Mena recalled that the port of Los Cristianos is a very important infrastructure, with one of the largest passenger traffic in ports throughout the country and whose good or bad performance harms both those who live and work in Arona and those who move to the islands of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.

“It is important to seek an integral solution and projects to put an end once and for all to the problems, ” he stressed.