City centre pedestrian project set to start
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.