Pedestrians claim they have to “risk their lives” crossing the motorway bridge

More than 600 people protested last Saturday to demand a pedestrian lane on one of the bridges which crosses the AP-7 motorway in Orihuela Costa.

Organised by the Lomas de Cabo Roig Residents’ Association and the FAOC, it was one of the biggest protests in memory in the area.

More than 5,000 residents live in the urbanisations Lomas de Cabo Roig, La Cuerda, Lomas de Golf and others nearby. They have been demanding for many years that the Town Hall carry out project to widen the bridge for pedestrians.

They reminded that the bridge is the only way they have to get on foot to the beaches and other basic services like the health centre and the pharmacy. It has no pavements or lighting so the numerous people who cross every day, on foot, in wheelchairs or pushing prams, “risk their lives every time”.

The march, from the BP petrol station roundabout to La Regia roundabout, went ahead in a good humoured atmosphere, well organised and without any incidents.

The protesters, who were of many nationalities, showed their indignation by chanting phrases like “Bascuñana (the mayor), the bridge is for today and not mañana”, “Enough excuses, we don’t want any deaths”, “cars and pedestrians don’t mix” and many more.

“We believe that the high participation seen in today’s demonstration will be a milestone for the future of Orihuela Costa, for the municipal executive to take into account the voice of the its residents and solve the many problems we suffer, with greater effectiveness. Working together, we will be stronger!” said the organisers.