Map of the Madrid center APR that will not be accessible to private vehicles
The access with own non-resident vehicle to the Madrid area that includes from Plaza de España, Bailén and Gran Vía, to Puerta de Toledo, Atocha and Colón will be prohibited, as established by the great center APR that has launched the Municipal government. In this way, as of November in the central district of Madrid only users who live in the area and public transport will be able to circulate.
The large residential priority area (APR) is a municipal strategic plan that aims to reduce the presence of private vehicles to give greater prominence to pedestrians, bicycles and public transport and improve air quality.
The limits of this huge area will be defined by the roundabouts and the grand boulevards. The delimitation will be made by the streets Alberto Aguilera, Carranza, Sagasta, Genoa, Paseo de Recoletos, Paseo del Prado, Ronda de Atocha, Ronda de Valencia, Ronda de Toledo, Gran Vía de San Francisco, Bailén, Plaza de España, Princesa and Serrano Jover
The City Council of Madrid presented on Monday the main lines of Madrid Central , the large Residential Priority Area (APR) of the Center , which aims to reduce by 40% the emissions of nitrogen dioxide and eliminate 20% of passing traffic. The objective of the implementation of Central Madrid is to give priority to residents and promote pedestrian and cyclist mobility and public transport . It is the number one measure of Plan A for Air Quality and Climate Change to reduce pollution and protect public health.
Works on Gran Vía
Last March, the transformation of Madrid’s Gran Vía began in an artery with more space for pedestrians and less for private vehicles. important actions, explain from the Urban Development Area Sustains.
The works are being undertaken in sections, will cost 5.7 million euros and will be completed before next Christmas. Thus, the works will start at the extremes -Plaza de España and Cibeles- and will be divided into three sections: Alcalá-Red de San Luis, Red de San Luis-Callao and Callao-Plaza de España.
This action will mean that the private vehicle will have four lanes, two in each direction, introducing cyclist mobility in them, which is why the Town Hall “does not talk about pedestrianization, but about extending pavements and reducing lanes”.
Specifically, in the section of the Gran Vía between Plaza de Cibeles and Callao , the bicycle will coexist with the rest of the vehicles in two cycle lanes 30 (one for each direction), leaving the other two lanes for buses and taxis.