Mobility and prevention recommendations for Catalan National Day 2018Extra services will be in operation to guarantee mobility on Catalan National Day on Tuesday, 11 September, with additional public transport services being laid on. The public are recommended to get around on foot or use the metro, avoiding the stations closest to the mobilisation, which may be closed depending on the volume of people. The use of private vehicles should be avoided in the city centre and it is important people follow advice issued by Civil Protection.
- Metro: Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona will be laying on extra services on the entire metro network between 2.30 pm and 8.30 pm, equivalent to a working day. As from 4 pm people are recommended to avoid the following stops: Palau Reial (L3), Maria Cristina (L3), Diagonal (L3/L5), Verdaguer (L4/L5) and Monumental (L2), and use the alternative stations of Zona Universitària (L3/L9S), Les Corts (L3) Girona (L4) and Passeig de Gràcia (L2/L3/L4)
- FGC trains: As from 11 am the number of trains on the Barcelona-Vallès line will be stepped up. The L6 service (Sarrià) will operate as the S5-Sant Cugat service and the Llobregat-Anoia line will double the capacity of the majority of its trains, which will circulate the same as on a working day.
- Tram: The Trambaix system will be running extra services, with double-capacity trams operating between 11 am and 10.30 pm, except for during the demonstration. When the volume of users in the affected section requires it, services will terminate at the Ernest Lluch stop. Normal services will resume after the demonstration. The T4 line on the Trambesòs system will operate with double-capacity trams from 10 am to 10 pm.
- Rodalies trains: Renfe will also be laying on extra services for the mobilisation, with more trains between 2 pm and 10 pm. Regional trains connecting with Girona, Lleida and Tarragona will circulate according to public holiday timetables.
- Disruptions to buses: Throughout the day there will be disruptions to 35 bus routes which circulate around or cross the city centre.
In the morning, during the laying of wreaths at the Rafael Casanovas monument, some bus services using Ronda de Sant Pere may be affected in the area near the monument.
From 3 pm to 9 pm approximately, services using Av. Diagonal, from Palau Reial to Pl. Glòries will be affected, with diversions and significant restrictions in place. The routes affected are: D40, D50, H6, H8, H10, H12, V3, V5, V7, V9, V11, V13, V15, V17, V21, 6, 7, 19, 22, 24, 27, 33, 34, 39, 45, 47, 55, 59, 62, 63, 67, 68, 78, 92 and 113 and the Bus Turístic (red and blue routes).
Inter-urban lines entering the city at Zona Universitària (B20-B24-B25 and the N4 and N11 night buses) may terminate before reaching Palau Reial.
- Bicing: A total of 16 Bicing stations, the majority located along Av. Diagonal itself, will be out of service all day on 11 September.
You can keep track of disruptions to public transport via the TMB Twitter account @TMBinfo, as well as @FGC and @Rodalies.
- Traffic disruptions: The first traffic restrictions will start at midnight on the night before 11 September. The central lane of Av. Diagonal will be closed in front of the Palau Reial at that point. The inbound side lane will stay open until early in the morning. The city police and the Mossos d’Esquadra police corps will divert traffic accordingly from the B-23, which will not reopen until 11 pm on 11 September. As from 2 pm the rest of Av. Diagonal will be closed to traffic progressively from Pl. Glòries to Palau Reial, also meaning disruptions to roads crossing the avenue.
- Citizens are recommended to avoid the use of private vehicles in the city centre and if arriving from outside Barcelona to avoid entering the city via Av. Diagonal. Drivers are advised to opt for the Ronda del Mig, Ronda Litoral (B10) and Ronda de Dalt (B20). Besides the affected streets, the City Police may also cut traffic in other places depending on the volume of pedestrians.
- Parking: From 7 am and throughout the day, parking will be prohibited at various points in the city. Parking restrictions include motorbikes and bicycles on pavements, road surfaces and reserved spaces in the following streets:
– C/ John Maynar Keynes (both sides).
– C/ Pere Duran Farell (both sides).
– Av. Diagonal (lane nearest the sea), between Pl. Francesc Macià and Pl. Cinc d’Oros.
– Av. Diagonal (lane nearest the mountains), between Pl. Cinc d’Oros and C/ Calvet.
– Av. Diagonal (lane nearest the sea, both sides), between C/ Consell de Cent and C/ Castillejos.
– Av. Diagonal (lane nearest the mountains, both sides), between C/ Castillejos and C/ Lepant.
– Av. Diagonal (side of the lane nearest the mountains), between C/ Lepant and C/ Aragó.
– Pl. Francesc Macià, side nearest the mountains, between Av. Josep Tarradellas (uphill lane) and the side lane nearest the sea in Av. Diagonal (Besòs side).
Recommendations for prevention
- Keep track of official information on the event and transport recommendations.
- Always keep ID on you.
- Identify emergency exit points.
- If attending with children, carry them or hold their hand. Make sure they have their personal data on them and some contact details.
- Don’t climb on bannisters, railings, unfixed or unstable street furniture.
- If meeting others, agree on a meeting point in case you split up or get lost.
- Wear comfy clothing and sturdy footwear which protects your feet, as well as taking water with you.
- If you need to contact others, use text messages and avoid voice calls.
- After the event, be patient and leave in an orderly fashion.
- If there is an emergency, keep calm and pay attention to instructions from emergency services.
- Remember, the number to call for emergencies is 112.