Tomorrow will mark the arrival of a new age of the train in Majorca with everything on track for the new Inca to Sa Pobla line to be opened by Chief Minister Francesc Antich. At 11am tomorrow morning, some 30 years after the last train from Sa Pobla pulled in to Inca station, Antich and the Balearic Minister for Public Works, Josep Antoni Ferrer accompanied by Majorcan Railway Service bosses, will board a special service in Palma for the inaugural journey to Sa Pobla. The train will stop at key stations along the route where local council delegations will be on the platform, either to hop aboard the train or help mark the opening of the new link. In Inca, the new hub of Majora's railway, Antich will give a speech, officially open the new line and then continue his journey to Sa Pobla. Re-opening the new line has been a major feat of construction and a total of 47 level crossing have been installed to ensure maximum safety and security. The stations at Muro and Llubi have been reformed and fitted with all the necessary services and facilities. The opening of the new link coincides with the present celebrations of the Majorcan railway's 125th birthday and also marks the start of a second phase of investments by the Majorcan Railway Service (SFM). Next year SFM plan to invest a further 650 million pesetas on modernising the Palma to Inca line and also start work on re-opening the track to Alcudia. The train will become a new alternative mode of transport and will help ease traffic congestion on the roads by offering quality public transport for residents and tourists, the Balearic government said in an official statement yesterday. Residents in Sa Pobla are eager to welcome the train back to their town. For many the arrival of tomorrow's train is the ultimate Christmas present. For the elderly population, the train offers a new lease of life and freedom of travel to Inca and Palma and for the young and the commercial sectors, the link to Inca and Palma throws up a host of new opportunities. Tomorrow's inauguration of the new railway link is an integral part of the Balearic government's public transport plan and is a clear demonstration of the government's commitment to improving and expanding public transport, not only to improve the quality of life for the population, but also to try and attract more people off the roads and on to the train. Apart from the Alcudia railway link, the government also wants to see a rail service from the centre of Palma to the University on the Valldemossa road and the government looks set to put the project for a link to the airport up for public tender. Services are also to be expanded with a more wide ranging timetable introduced in order to make the railways more viable transport option.
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