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AVE Málaga-Murcia Introduction Sparks Controversy

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AVE Málaga-Murcia Introduction Sparks Controversy
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THE introduction of the AVE Málaga-Murcia hasn t quite hit the mark with the folks in Murcia. Despite initial excitement, reality swiftly set in when they learned about the journey s daunting duration—six to seven hours. Social media quickly became a hub for disbelief and frustration.


AVE Disappointment: Commuter Outcry

Departing from Murcia at 3:32 pm, stopping in Alicante at 4:35 pm, then heading to Madrid, and finally arriving in Málaga at 10:36 pm, the journey s length left residents shaking their heads. One quipped, ‘I might as well walk and save €300 on this tourist AVE .’ Another lamented, ‘It s practically a tour of half of Spain. Are we fools to entertain this?’ The sentiment echoed across the region, with many feeling slighted.


Isolated Murcia: Traveller s Dismay

One resident expressed, ‘It s a mockery of the Region of Murcia. Not only do we endure railway neglect, but we re also being laughed at. They ve turned us into a railway island.’ The absence of local connections compounds the frustration. As one resident summarised, ‘It s a slap in the face for Murcia.’


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Catherine McGeer
I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!


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