A 'CUT-PRICE' version of the Valencia-Alicante train via a Dénia-Gandia link has been put forward by the regional government.
Rather than a high-speed AVE line travelling at up to 220 kilometres per hour, the stretch between Dénia and Benidorm will remain as it is - with a few minor improvements - and a top speed of 84 kilometres per hour.
Trains would run on electricity, tracks would be widened and defects patched up, a far cry from the state-of-the-art cross-national network originally on the cards.
The only AVE line would be from Benidorm to Madrid, although a direct connection from the former to Alicante airport would be included in the plans meaning travellers could at last get there without having to take the car.
It would also mean getting from Benidorm to the capital would take less than two-and-a-half hours - and if enough trains ran at the right times, day trips from the Costa Blanca to Madrid would be very feasible.