As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the purposes of offering pedestrians more space during the lockdown easing stages, restrictions on motorised vehicle traffic have been in place since May 2020 along parts of the side streets of Avinguda Diagonal and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes. Now, in light of the experience of these restrictions over the last few months, a decision has been taken to offer a permanent solution, which will involve consolidated traffic calming along these side streets.

New signalling and traffic layouts

This coming February 2021 will see new signalling put up along the side streets of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Avinguda Diagonal, compelling traffic (except bicycles and taxis) to turn right on some of the streets in the basic network that cross these routes. The aim is for vehicles to preferably use the basic mobility network, allowing greater connectivity, and to become residual in the city’s current and future side lanes and green streets, thereby reducing through traffic.

The goal is for vehicles to preferably travel along the basic mobility network, allowing greater connectivity, and for such traffic to become residual along the city’s current and future side streets and green routes.

This obligation to turn, however, will only arise when traffic is moving along the side streets and not when it comes from perpendicular streets. So, if we cross Gran Via or Diagonal from one of the streets that pass across them, then access to the side streets will be allowed. As a result, anyone starting or finishing their journey in these side streets, whether they need to access their private parking, load or unload goods or they have a parking place for people with reduced mobility, will still have access, although they may have to use alternative routes to those used previously.

At the same time, except for vertical and horizontal signalling that will compel traffic to turn on some of the streets, the other streets will remain accessible as they are at the moment and keep their current directions and signalling.

How to access?

Sea-facing side street

From now on, if the sea-facing side street off Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes is accessed from Plaça d'Espanya or, a little further on, from C/ Llançà, traffic along some of the perpendicular streets will have to turn right and will no longer be allowed to continue straight on along the side street. This rule will not apply to taxis or bicycles, which will therefore be able to continue as before.

What will drivers have to do if they want to get to some of these sections of the side street, just from the streets where they have to turn?

Despite this new traffic regulation, there will be guaranteed access to the side street off Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes for vehicles setting off from or finishing their journeys there:

  • If drivers wish to access the side street from C/ Vilamarí and up to C/ Viladomat, they can do so along C/ Vilamarí itself, from the mountain-facing side, and along C/ Entença, C/ Rocafort and C/ Calàbria. 
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from C/ Viladomat and up to C/ Villarroel, they can do so along C/ Viladomat itself, from the mountain-facing side, and along C/ Comte Borrell and C/ Compte d’Urgell.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from  C/ Villarroel and up to C/ Muntaner, they can do so along C/ Villarroel itself, from the mountain-facing side, and along C/ Casanova.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from  C/ Muntaner and up to C/ Balmes, they can do so along C/  Muntaner itself, from the mountain-facing side or from the side street off Plaça de la Universitat.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from  C/ Balmes and up to C/ Pau Claris, they can do so along C/ Balmes itself, from the mountain-facing side, or from the Rambla de Catalunya and Passeig de Gràcia.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from  C/ Pau Claris and up to C/ Nàpols, they can do so along C/ Pau Claris itself, from the mountain-facing side, and C/ Roger de Llúria, C/ Bruc and C/ Girona.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from  C/ Nàpols and up to C/ La Marina, they can do so along C/ Nàpols itself, from the mountain-facing side, and through C/ Sicílila and C/ Sardenya.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from C/ La Marina they will have to do so from its mount-facing side.

Sea-facing side street

From now on, if the sea-facing side street off Avinguda Diagonal is taken from Plaça de Francesc Macià, traffic along some of the perpendicular streets will have to turn right and will no longer be allowed to continue straight on along the side street. This rule will not apply to taxis or bicycles, which will therefore be able to continue as before.

What will drivers have to do if they want to get to some of these sections of the side street, just from the streets where they have to turn?

Despite this new traffic regulation, there will be guaranteed access to the side street off Avinguda Diagonal for vehicles setting off from or finishing their journeys there: 

  • If drivers wish to access the side street from C/ Muntaner and up to the Rambla de Catalunya, they can do so along C/ Muntaner itself, from the sea-facing side, and along C/ Muntaner, C/ Aribau and C/ Balmes.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from  Rambla de Catalunya and up to C/ Pau Claris, they can do so along Rambla de Catalunya itself, from the mountain-facing side (which will open to traffic) and along and Passeig de Gràcia.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from C/ Pau Claris and up to C/ Bailèn, they can do so from C/ Pau Claris along the sea-facing side. Remember that access here is linked to the various stages of the public works on the collector currently in progress (link).
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from C/ Bailènthey will have to bear in mind that access here is linked to the various stages of public works on the collector currently in progress (link).
     

Mountain-facing side street

From now on, if the mountain-facing side street off Diagonal is accessed from C/ Sardenya, or a little further on, from C/ Sicília or C/ Nàpols, traffic along some of the perpendicular streets will have to turn right and will not be allowed to continue straight on along the side street as they were up to now, with the exception of taxis and bicycles, which are not subject to the new signalling and will be able to continue as before.

Despite this new traffic regulation, there will be guaranteed access to the mountain-facing side street off Avinguda Diagonal for vehicles setting off from or finishing their journeys there: 

  • If drivers wish to access the side street from  C/ Roger de Llúria and up to Via Augusta, they can do so along the mountain-facing side of C/ Roger de Llúria itself, as well as along C/ Pau Claris and along Passeig de Gràcia.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from Via Augusta and up to C/ Aribau, they can do so from the sea-facing side of Via Augusta and along C/ Balmes.
     
  • If drivers wish to access the side street from C/ Aribau, they can do so along C/ Aribau itself and along C/ Muntaner, C/ Casanova and C/ Calvet.