Public works in the summer: improvements to infrastructures, public space and mobilityIn the next few months, 76 work projects will be carried out in the city’s the districts to improve infrastructures, public space, services and mobility. The most notable works include a complete overhaul of the L1 metro along the section between Clot and Fondo, the biggest ever renovation project on the network, as well as thirty minor projects in public spaces, between them representing real social value as they benefit daily life in the neighbourhoods.
Historic investment in the metro
The modernisation of the northern section of the L1 metro line will be executed between 29 June and 30 August, improving quality of service and the frequency of trains.
The work means the service will be closed between the stations of Clot and Fondo. The project has a budget of 20 million euros and includes new tracks, installations and signage.
A shuttle bus service will be laid on while the works last, with two lines functioning: Clot – Fabra i Puig and Onze de Setembre – Fondo.
The work on the metro system also includes improvements to the L2 line, between Paral·lel and Monumental, from 29 July to 2 September, and at the Pubilla Cases station (L5) in August, to get the new Ernest Lluch station into service.
Major works in summer
Other major works in the city will also be completed in the coming months:
- The development of the roof covering the Ronda de Dalt ring road. The transformation will turn a barrier loaded with air and noise pollution into a new space for local residents, with 3,800 square metres for people to stroll in, children’s games, meeting areas and more greenery.
- The new construction stage of the tunnels under Plaça de les Glòries should mean they open in the first quarter of 2021. Shifting traffic from the Gran Via underground will enable the completion of the park there, which has already opened up a space of 20,000 square metres.
- Resurfacing work:
- Ronda de Dalt, between the slip roads of exits 7 and 9, and at the Nus de la Trinitat.
- Gran Via, between Carrer d’Aribau and Rambla de Catalunya.
- Plaça de Francesc Macià, Plaça de Cinc d’Oros and Plaça d’Alfonso Comín, and in the tunnels under Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça de les Camèlies.
Cutting pollution and prioritising pedestrians
Boosting community life and guaranteeing healthy public space are two urban planning priorities from the last few years, also at the heart of 31 public works projects to be carried out in the next few months in the neighbourhoods. Half of them should be completed in the summer, including:
- The expansion of the superblock in Sant Antoni, with new rest areas and spaces for pedestrians. This includes the area between C/ Tamarit, between C/ Viladomat and C/ Calàbria, and in C/ Comte Borrell, between Gran Via and C/ Floridablanca, and between C/ Manso and C/ Aldana, as well as C/ Parlament, between C/ Viladomat and Ronda de Sant Pau.
- Calming measures in C/ Gran de Sant Andreu, turning a busy road into an avenue with curbless paving, more greenery and priority for pedestrians and bicycles.
- Improvements to accessibility: the Polvorí lift, in Sants-Montjuïc, and the Canadencs escalators, in Horta-Guinardó.
Unique games for children
The first three areas featuring unique games in the city will be opening in the summer with the goal of stimulating children’s creativity and imagination, promoting outdoor recreation and exploring new forms of children’s leisure.
- A giant octopus in the Parc de la Pegaso, in Sant Andreu, to open at the end of July.
- A swallow in the Jardins de la Indústria, in L’Eixample, to open at the end of September.
- A structure in the form of a whale in the Parc Central de Nou Barris, to open at the end of September.
These spaces form part of the first games plan for the city, which includes sixty actions to make the city more child-friendly, add more diversity to children’s play and open up public space.