Work has finally begun on the construction of the town's new bus station in Avda. Palmela, a project which was the top requirement requested by residents taking part in the participatory budget initiative for 2012. Councillor Tere Bisquert (Transportation) expressed her delight that the project was finally taking shape, solving a need that has not been met for many years and resulted in a town forced to live with a "Third World" situation with regards to transportation.
Bisquert explained that the project is a great investment for Jávea, highlighting the importance of such infrastructure for the tourism potential for the town, serving as a station for national services from Alicante, Valencia and Madrid as well as a hub of the town's taxi service. Being close to the town centre and next to a major road that links comfortably with the port, the arenal and the surrounding urbanisations, the new bus station will be in a perfect position.
Councillor Paco Torres (Works) said that the project has been designed as an intermoda station with four platforms for regular and occasional bus and coach services with a further platform for the local bus network and an area reserved for taxis. There will be a block with two toilets and a 20 sqm area for kiosk services which could be managed under concession or installed with vending machines. There will also be a information panels showing times of the services. He added that work is scheduled to last three months and will be carried out by local company F.David who was able to fulfil confidence that they would be able to complete the work for 115,197 euros, some 20% below the original budget estimation, despite the increase in VAT since it was established. Torres assured residents that the work would not prevent parking in the car-park which will remain free of charge.
Mayor José Chulvi stressed the importance of protecting public investment, especially at a time when resources have been limited, and to use them for projects decided by the residents as well as use local businesses to fulfill those needs. He confirmed that the bus station was the most voted for project of the 2012 participatory budget initiative and has been designed by local technicians which have helped to reduce costs. Chulvi added that the project is a prime example of one that does not require a large investment but provides the highest social return.