Tinajo Mayor Jesús Machin has insisted that the Timanfaya park-and-ride project goes ahead, and threatened that he will consider closing access to the Fire Mountains if the problem of queues is not addressed.
The park-and-ride project would see cars park at Mancha Blanca and tourists then taken to the Fire Mountains on shuttle buses.
His statements follow the recent announcement by Tourist Councillor Ángel Vasquez that the problem of queues will be tackled by introducing fixed time slots and making tickets only available online.
The park-and-ride scheme was proposed in February last year, and strongly supported by Machín, who believes it would reduce queues and bring tourist income to Tinajo. However, later that year, Machín’s party colleague Pedro San Ginés said that a car park and shuttle buses would also be required in Yaiza, as 80% of visitors to the volcanoes travel there by that route. Yaiza Mayor, Óscar Noda, complained last September that no one from the Cabildo or Tinajo had approached his council about the project.
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