We have recently discovered that the bus service between Costa Esuri and Ayamonte has been cancelled! This happened at the beginning of the summer at a time when more residents and holidaymakers come to Costa Esuri, many of whom having no other way to get into town or go to the beach. Without prior notice, DAMAS has terminated the service and the Town Hall has consented to it!
The Committee of CERA has strongly protested and will continue to demand the re-establishment of this service, which (although never very satisfactory) at least was a bus service of sorts.
We are very disappointed and saddened by this development, especially as we fought so hard to get the service established originally. We will keep you updated of any changes that may occur.
Throughout 2014, members of the Committee of CERA held numerous meetings with directors of DAMAS and with the Town Councillor for Urban Planning, seeking the provision of public transport in Costa Esuri. Several alternatives were proposed and finally the only viable solution was the one offered by DAMAS.
The schedules were not those that best suited the needs of our Urbanisation, but DAMAS imposed them since it used buses that made the route between Ayamonte and Villablanca or Isla Cristina.
The itinerary proposed by the CERA Committee was accepted and, after several visits with the local police, permits were obtained for the location of the bus stop signage. Initially, given the delay in its installation, we had to chalk out the position of the bus stops on the pavement again and again due to the rains that erased the markings. The posters advertising the bus service were designed and paid for by CERA.
Finally, on 12 January, 2015, the first bus arrived in Costa Esuri. The ticket cost 1€ and it was agreed that in summer, with the same ticket, you could come and go from Esuri to and from town and the beach. It was a very happy day which showed that our efforts were finally rewarded! A bus service began that we all needed and that we hoped would improve over time.
Unfortunately, the bus service never worked well. Frequently, neither the schedules nor the itinerary were followed, so residents who took children to school or who had arranged appointments stopped using it due to its unreliability.
The malfunctioning of the service and the low use of it led to the hours being reduced. From the initial five scheduled times of the service, it was reduced to three and finally to only one. In contrast, Isla Canela enjoys a bus service every hour throughout the year, despite a similar lack of use, except for the summer season.
Currently, the service is non-existent. We will not accept this state of affairs and will continue to demand a service to which we are entitled and which, by law, the Town Hall is obliged to provide.
We believe that the Town Hall WILL fulfil its obligations to Costa Esuri and, for that reason, we will continue to maintain the bus stop signage throughout our Urbanisation.
Law 7/1985, of 2 April, regulating the Bases of the Local Regime …
1. The Municipalities must provide, in any case, the following services:
a) In all the Municipalities: public lighting, cemetery, waste collection, street cleaning, household supply of drinking water, sewerage, access to the population centres and paving of public roads.