|© Majorca Daily Bulletin, Tuesday,9 May, 2006, Edition #1964|
New service inaugurated
YESTERDAY, with a trip from Son Servera to Manacor, the Balearic Minister for Public Works, Housing and Transport, Mabel Cabrer, opened the new bus and train service connecting different localities around Manacor with the train station via a bus service. The Balearic Government will invest 763'719 euros annually in the three routes which, from yesterday, link the towns of Sant Llorenc, Arta, Capdepera, Cala Rajada, Son Servera, Cala Millor, Cala Bona, Porto Cristo, S'Illot and Sa Coma with the train station in Manacor via a bus service. According to the Ministry, the service will run 16 times on each of the routes from Monday to Friday and 12 times on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. As the maximum time for completing any of the three routes is 55 minutes, it is guaranteed to connect with the Manacor-Palma train service every two hours. To provide these services the company which holds the concession, Autocares Manacor, has bought three new vehicles, adapted for wheelchair access, two with 37 seats each and a third with 55 seats. Afterwards, Cabrer also opened the exhibition hall on the first floor of Manacor station, dedicated to the railways on Majorca.
The public company Majorcan Railway Services (SFM) has invested 22'321 euros in refurbishing the hall.
The contents of the exhibition hall have been contributed by the Association of Friends of the Balearic Railways.
|© Majorca Daily Bulletin, Friday 5th May 2006 #1961|
Underground railway goes further
Manacor Town Councils have discovered that it sometimes pays
to be persistent. After lobbying hard, they have finally got
the Balearic government to foot the bill for running the
railway system underground in their respective towns. Although
the projects, costing a total of 77.4 million euros, were not
initially included in the government's regional transport
programme, the councils have succeeded in persuading the
Islands' ministry for Public Works and Transport to take the
financing on board. Before celebrations can begin, however, it
remains for local government to barter with their central
counterparts in Madrid, and hammer out an agreement for
railway network funding for the Islands. To date, progress in
securing support from central government Economy minister,
Pedro Solbes, has proved hard going. The long term transport
plan currently in place in the Balearics has a life span of
eight years and will be in force until 2012. In both Inca and
Manacor, the structural schemes will prove complicated and be
the source of much political infighting. Already in Inca, the
Majorcan Railway company has carried out a tunnelling project
under the track to replace a surface level
|© Majorca Daily Bulletin, Thursday 1st June 2006 #1981|
Matas, Cabrer and Cirer inspect train works
THE main railway line in Palma was yesterday linked up with the new metro link which is being built at the moment with the demolition of the wall separating the two. This is part of the underground and improvement work being done on the railways by the Balearic Government.
The leader of the Balearic Government, Jaume Matas, was present at the demolition of the wall, accompanied by the Balearic Minister of Public Works, Mabel Cabrer, and the Mayor of Palma, Catalina Cirer. They walked through the tunnel from the site of the future Jacinto Verdaguer station to where the Son Oliva station will be built, where the demolition of the wall took place. In a declaration to the press, Cabrer said that trains will be running through the tunnel from September, but the underground works, which include the refurbishment of the Calle Jacinto Verdaguer, will not be finished until February 2007.
A video of the Sóller Railway is still being transmitted from time to time on the
Travel Channel on Sky. It is an extremely good 45 minute program with a great
deal of information given in the commentary. A DVD of the program plus a
driver's cabview of the line is available at
already got mine !! Second person in the list of acknowledgements was Miguel
Galmés Schwarz who was, until recently, Director of the Sóller Railway.The new
Director is Miquel Socías. I wish him the very best in his new job and I hope we
will be able to establish the same good relations that we had with his
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