City cen­tre pedes­trian project set to start

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A PLAN to re­vi­talise Elche city cen­tre will com­mence on Jan­uary 7 with road works to re­model Calle Al­fonso XII, which runs along­side the river.

The plan has been drawn up by the coali­tion coun­cil, but also in­cor­po­rates con­tri­bu­tions from as­so­ci­a­tions of res­i­dents and busi­nesses, and po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

The works will be car­ried out in sev­eral phases so that the road does not have to be closed to traf­fic and to min­imise dis­rup­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Es­ther Díez said the ob­jec­tive is to make the city cen­tre more at­trac­tive and cleaner by re­duc­ing pri­vate ve­hi­cles – es­pe­cially those pass­ing straight through the cen­tre – im­prove pub­lic trans­port and en­cour­age peo­ple to walk, cy­cle or use sus­tain­able modes of trans­port.

Mea­sures in­clude pedes­tri­an­is­ing parts of the cen­tre and La Corre­dora, bet­ter sign­post­ing of car parks and work on Calle Nues­tra Señora de la Cabeza.

Coun­cil­lor Héc­tor Díez as­sured this will help to make the cen­tre more dy­namic and bet­ter suited to com­mer­cial and so­cial ac­tiv­ity.

“We all agree that the fu­ture for Elche is a to­tally pedes­tri­anised city cen­tre, like other big cities,” he said.

The first phase, work­ing on the two pave­ments near­est the Sana Teresa bridge will fin­ish on Jan­uary 28, while in phases two and three the small round­about there will be ex­panded, into the shape of a tear but re­tain­ing the statue of a knight, then con­tin­u­ing along the pave­ment on the right side of Calle Al­fonso XII.

Phase four from March 2-7 will work on the left­hand side pave­ment, as well as resur­fac­ing the road, in­stalling an ‘in­tel­li­gent pedes­trian cross­ing’ and in­stalling three bus stops.

The plan will en­able buses to turn a dif­fer­ent way and speed up their routes.

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