Yes, I agree with the Council of Majorca when it claims that island roads are overcrowded, but I do not believe that the blame should be placed on tourists and hire cars. I would say that one of the biggest users of public transport are tourists. It is quite amazing the large number of tourists you will find at the main bus and train station in the Plaza España in Palma. Tourists are heavily reliant on public transport whether it is in the resorts or in Palma. So perhaps the local authorities should take aim at the resident population and urge them to use public transport.

There should be no complaints, the bus and train services are first rate on the island and well priced. Take the Palma metro. Launched to link central Palma with the Balearic university, unfortunately it is used by one man and his dog. Why? However, the road leading to the university is packed with cars. So the local authorities have to ask themselves the question: why is the metro being underutilised?

The simple answer is that as a result of the high standard of living in Majorca we have two or even three-car families. The arrival of summer and the hire cars means that the roads are congested. The answer should be simple. If the local authorities can persuade island residents to take the bus or train then there would be little congestion. The chances of this happening are very slim so we shouldn't really moan about congestion. It is a homegrown problem.

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mina / Hace about 1 year

and parking? where is there parking in Palma? with so any cars something has to be done. public transportation is the solution, the only salutation. Thank you

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Larry HENSON / Hace about 1 year

Just completed a week in Istanbul (5th visit) where they welcome tourists with open arms. They had a bad year last year with the troubles and many local shops and hotels then closed. They are recovering this year however. I suggest caution in the way Politicians treat tourists. Hire cars are not the problem. And yes I have owned a property 33 years on the Island !

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Fiona / Hace about 1 year

The ridiculous “taxi” rules. The airport taxis return empty handed to the airport !!! Absolute ECO MADNESS, not to mention how rude it looks to a visitor when they hail the empty cab and it just drives past.

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Steve Riches / Hace about 1 year

Not putting the rail link to the airport and instead wasting the money on a seriously under-used line to the University is a prime example of dim thinking and a victory for the over-powerful taxi lobby.

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Fiona / Hace about 1 year

A lot more public transport is needed. On a cloudy day in the summer you cannot get a space on a bus to Palma from the Calvia area. Also more airport bus routes and increase the frequency

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Richard Pearson / Hace about 1 year

School trips are a major problem. I’ve always found that during the summer holidays, especially August, the roads in and around Palma are generally traffic free.

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Stuart Mead / Hace about 1 year

Perhaps if the bus companies enhance their services all year round and give the Drivers enough time to do the route maybe public transport would improve. Better to have a bus waiting at a stop for a minute or two than them rushing to keep to a timetable which is not workable. I’m an ex London Bus Driver so I might in a way know what I’m talking about...

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osn / Hace about 1 year

Many locals run into serious problems getting to work in Palma in the summer, as public transport fills up very quickly with tourist passengers and buses swoop past stops if they are already full. Palma is very busy in the summer and public transport is one solution, but it needs greater capacity during the busy periods.

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TG / Hace about 1 year

An estimated 70,000 hire cars brought on the island during the summer months, (50,000 are illegal, according to MDB report). Of course it’s a tourist issue, perhaps there are just too many.

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Chris / Hace about 1 year

'train services are first rate on the island' I agree with 99% of what you are saying in this article, bu not that bit. The metro doesnt cover nowhere near enough of Palma, it doesnt actually cover any of the city centre other than Plaza España, and it is madness that it doesnt run to the airport. As for the train itself, going as far north as only Sa Pobla is pointless. Perhaps even a link for the airport to join this line and continue to Alcudia, and a rail option from the airport to the major resorts.

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