Residents of Churriana de la Vega took to the streets to demand that frequency of metro buses be restored, as "we continue with 30% cuts to line 156." Andres Perez (IU de Churriana spokesperson) stated that "some expeditions which appear on the schedule don't do so because of the decrease in buses along the line and the schedules they are forced to follow do not permit them to comply with those schedules."
The collective "Las Kellys" from Churriana led the demonstration. It started at the Armilla de Fernando de los Rios Metro stop and continued to Churriana. They were supported by various political groups and called for the restoration of the bus service to the metropolitan area that was offered before the metro began operation. This is a fact that has resulted in the loss of services.
These women claim that service cuts are detrimental to the most vulnerable sectors, such as the 'kellys, domestic workers, or students. It can sometimes take up to an hour and half to travel to the capital.
Antonio Narvaez (PP), Churriana's mayor, stated that the City Council wants line 150 to connect with line 156. This would alleviate the entire problem of San Ramon, where people have to wait up until 60 minutes before they can catch the bus to Granada. According to the mayor, that line, 150, has a frequency of ten trips one-way and another ten back towards Granada or Cullar. This would resolve the current situation.
Narvaez highlighted however that line 153 has made "an important improvement", as it passes through the road and serves an area of the town it didn't previously serve. From Monday through Sunday, there are 16 outbound frequencies that go to Granada, and 16 that go back to Churriana or Hijar. The City Council of Churriana requested that neighbors can use the 150 which runs from Cullar to Churriana.
IU believes Mayor Narvaez is "committed to the 150 being one to supply shipments that have been lost at line 156", and they are optimistic that this will not happen. Andres Perez stated that the women cannot continue in the same situation. They have been through four months of suffering with cuts in line 156 and two more months with the real possibility of line 150 not being able to absorb Churriana users.
According to the Consistory reports, line 156 has increased the number of weekend and holiday shipments as of May 5. This was after intensive negotiation. "We also recall that line 153 was active in April with seven stops in Churriana, one in La Gloria, and six along Cristobal Colon Avenue. These shelters will soon be installed."
The PSOE of Churriana, for its part, has posted a statement on its Facebook page: "If Churriana understands that negotiations are ongoing, we assume there is no reason not to demonstrate, at the very least in this town and perhaps in another. If the Consortium rejects our proposals, then we could protest it en masse.
They also stated that they don't understand why the line running through the middle of the municipality isn't given the highest priority as residents of Churriana or Las Kellys demand. The PSOE claims that Mayor Narvaez is to blame for the situation. They state that the entire metropolitan area has the routes, lines, and schedules necessary to meet the demands of their neighbors.