The bus at the lighthouse in Formentor.

Government, Council of Majorca and Pollensa town hall representatives gathered in Puerto Pollensa yesterday as the shuttle bus service to Formentor started operations. The introduction of the service coincided with restrictions on traffic going to the lighthouse being imposed. As a result, the queues of traffic, which have typically been as long as one kilometre, had ceased.

There was, however, queuing traffic as far as the beach, which is where the restrictions start. Drivers, unaware that they couldn't go to the lighthouse, decided to turn back or park and wait for the bus to take them and passengers to the lighthouse.

The town hall has arranged for an environment agent to be stationed at the point from which the restrictions apply. This agent will be on duty until the end of August, which is when the restrictions are due to be lifted.

The bus stops at the beach, at the Colomer mirador, at Cala Murta and at the lighthouse. A single ticket costs 1.55 euros. There are discounts for people with the relevant travel card. The first bus leaves Puerto Pollensa at 10.15, and the second goes at 10.30. Thereafter, the service is every half an hour until 13.00. Between 13.00 and 16.00 it is on the hour. The half-hourly service then resumes, with the last bus leaving Puerto Pollensa at 18.30, and the final one from the lighthouse returning at 19.00. The traffic restrictions apply between 10.00 and 19.00.