If there is a topic that has not ceased to be treated in the last few months that has become the subject of conversation among the citizenry, has been to the Madrid Central, the huge APR that the previous government of the Spanish capital set in motion. Now, the new executive, headed by the mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida, announces the arrival of “Madrid 360”, an evolution of the Madrid Central that promises fewer restrictions in the centre of the capital in exchange for new measures for the entire city.
Madrid Central is, to this day, the Area of Priority Residential Spain’s largest. With an area of 472 hectares, its effective operation was launched on 30 November 2018, that is to say, not even reached one year of life. However, despite the criticisms early it seems that the public has become accustomed with, to speed up the operation of this APR, which restricts considerably the traffic in the central streets of the capital.
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According to the project presented by the councillor of the Popular Party with the support of Citizens (Cs), Madrid Central will evolve to become Madrid 360, a new mobility project that aims to improve the quality of the air we breathe all citizens, and “not only those that live in the center of the capital”, as stated by José Luis Martínez-Almeida.
A package of more than 200 measures that will begin to be launched in the first half of 2020, it should be noted, for example, the possibility that the vehicles with the label C to enter without restrictions to the APR always and when they are occupied by at least two people. In addition, the motorcycle with label C may also enter restricted areas without any problem.
Vehicles with rating B and C entering the restricted areas will be able to continue parking in public car parks, which also will reduce their prices to make them more accessible. In addition, traders receive an extension to continue to enter restricted areas freely. There will be a new study on the bike lanes, so that they will be more annoying for the rest of the traffic will be deleted.
All of this will take place by offsetting the fact that the vehicles without the label of the DGT are the days not only of the central area of Madrid, but in the entire city: Almeida has announced that it will restrict their movement around the municipality of Madrid in a progressive way between 2021 and 2025.