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Arona leads the way in bid for solution to traffic bottleneck at port 

PAGE 5 Arona leads the way in  bid for solution to traffic bottleneck at port

Arona council, the Port Authority and the Cabildo of La Gomera have joined together to try and find a solution to traffic out of the port of Los Cristianos.

This infrastructure in the south of Tenerife, which connects with the non-capital islands of the province, registered almost 1.9 million passengers and 400,000 vehicles in 2017.

A recent meeting was attended by the regional deputy and president of the Cabildo de La Gomera, Casimiro Curbelo; the president of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Ricardo Melchior, and the Mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena.

They stressed the need to develop and promote a plan of integral actions to solve the traffic problems that occur in Los Cristianos due to the volume of vehicles, almost 400,000 a year, that leave and enter a port that registered 1.85 million users during 2017.

In the meeting, it was agreed to create a working group in which all present considered that the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo should participate, since the necessary interventions affect the supra-municipal road.

“We need a comprehensive intervention to prevent the funnel from moving to other areas, a solution in which the insular and regional administrations should be involved, and to facilitate coexistence be-tween the port and the city, ” said Sr. Mena.

“It should include a commitment to give priority to the connection with the highway.From the same link, the TF-1 is connected to the hospital of the South and a tourist centre with a considerable population density, which in a short time will increase with the urbanisation of El Mojón, ” said the Mayor.

At the meeting, which was also attended by the councillors of Works and Urban Planning of Arona, José Luis Gómez and Luis García, respectively, as well as representatives of the Port Authority, it was assessed that the road reordering carried out on Benchijigua Avenue has had positive results but limited, so it was valued to study other measures aimed at improving traffic flow.

*The European Commission included, in December 2016, the port of Los Cristianos in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) for the high volume of passage it supports and for constituting an essential link in the connections with the non-capital islands. In addition, the discounts on the ticket to residents have resulted in a significant increase in the number of users and vehicles.

According to the statistics of the Port Authority for the year 2017, the port of Los Cristianos registered a total of 1,845,194 passengers, 9.28% more than the previous year, a growing trend that is maintained every year (in 2016, it went up almost 7%). In addition, during 2017, 395,676 vehicles were moved, 15.18% more than the previous year.