Mainline bus network now fully operational

After a roll-out period spanning seven years, today the new mainline bus network becomes fully operational with the last five routes coming into service. Faster, better connected and with more frequent buses, the new network has been adapted to meet the demands of modern public transport, improving efficiency and fostering greater use to make for a healthier and more human city.

26/11/2018 19:19 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The final roll-out stage of the mainline bus network includes a horizontal route and three vertical services to complete the set of 28 services making up the new network.

  • H2. Avinguda d’Esplugues – Trinitat Nova: Covering a route of 25.5 km, this new service in the upper part of the city will mainly operate along the Ronda de Dalt ringroad.
  • V1. Granvia l’Hospitalet – Avinguda d’Esplugues: This service covers a route of 14 km and crosses Av. Diagonal, taking in the Ciutat de la Justícia and going into L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.
  • V19. Barceloneta –  Plaça d’Alfons Comín: From the beach to the mountain, covering a route of 25.4 km and taking in some of the most iconic parts of the city, such as the Arc de Triomf and the Sagrada Família.
  • V23. Nova Icària – Can Marcet: Covering a 19.5 km route, this new service crosses the districts of Sant Martí, L’Eixample, Horta-Guinardó and Nou Barris.
  • V25. Nova Icària – Horta: This service covers 16.3 km, with much of the route using Av. Meridiana and Passeig de Maragall.

The mainline network is expected to provide services for 60% of bus users, carrying 460,000 passengers on working days.

Modifications to the bus network

In order to adapt surface transport, the roll-out of the new network involves changes to other bus services: H6, H8, H10, V13, 39, 47, 54, 55 and 60.

In addition, line 45 has been replaced by the V25 and 47 services, and line 92 by the V19 and V23 services.

For full details on the changes click here.

More information for users

Since 19 November, a team of 170 information staff have been on hand at bus stops, on board buses, at interchanges and facilities such as centres for the elderly and schools to explain the changes and the new bus network to passengers.

A more efficient bus service, better adapted to the present

The implementation of the mainline bus network, set out in the Urban Mobility Plan 2013-2018, has been carried out over seven years and is the most substantial shake-up of surface public transport ever conducted in the city.

The service adapts to the needs of the 21st century and improves territorial coverage, connections between services, waiting times and journey times, as well as service frequencies on working days, with buses passing at intervals of between 5 and 8 minutes between 7 am and 9 pm.

More local services

The city’s local bus network is also being strengthened with 66 new vehicles on conventional routes (services 13, 91 and 97), with neighbourhood bus routes 133 and 135 to follow shortly.

Measures will also be taken to improve the service with an extra 11 km of bus lanes, adapted traffic circulation at junctions, work on 237 bus stops and more.

Full information on the mainline bus network and the changes in the bus infrastructure can be found here.


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