Palma.—The Mayors in municipalities of the islands affected by the construction of the new Manacor to Arta rail line are appealing to Balearic President José Ramón Bauzá to get the project under way once more.

Building on the line ground to a halt many months ago after the regional government failed to pay bills to the constructors when funding from Madrid was stopped due to the economic crisis.

The disappointment over the delayed reopening of the line which has been called for by many people in the Eastern part of the island, prompted the Mayors of Son Servera, Arta and Sant Llorenç to take up the cudgel and asked the regional President to find money to get the project going again.

A statement issued yesterday by the Balearic Ministry for Agriculture, Environment and Territory said that a decision had still not been taken over the future of the line. New rolling stock built on the mainland of Spain which was to make up the tram-style, electricially powered train is still being kept under wraps after its arrival onthe island earlier this year.

One of the most indignant of the Mayors is Josep Barrientos who heads the Council in Son Servera. He said that the preliminary part of the train project has driven through a stretch of the Joan Servera Camps avenue which connects the town with the coast and now can't be used.

He also said that the public bicycle lane now remains useless. “The town can't remain like this,” said Barrientos.
Mayor of Sant Llorenç, Mateu Puigros pointed out that more than half the works have been completed and asked the Balearic President to find a means of financing the remainder.

Balearic ecological watchdog “GOB” joined the criticism yesterday by saying that the government isn't interested in creating a public transport system that respects the environment. All the authorities are interested in, said a spokesman, is putting down more concrete and tarmac.


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