The use of public transport is essential in a dense city like Barcelona.
During this recent period, the metro, buses, trams and other means of public transport have been adapted to demand and have complied with disinfection and capacity protocols, as well as preventative health measures, in order to guarantee safe journeys as much as possible.
Now, public transport must continue to be of major importance for travelling around in Barcelona, and this requires a whole series of actions to improve efficiency and adapt to the new situation using all available resources.
What are we doing about it?
In the first phase, a total of 17 interventions were carried out to create or segregate bus lanes, with the aim of improving the service and its efficiency.
Segregation of bus lanes
- Avinguda de Sarrià - Plaça de Prat de la Riba
- Pla de Palau - Avinguda del Marquès de l'Argentera
- Passeig de Joan de Borbó Comte de Barcelona - Avinguda del Doctor Aiguader
- Passeig de Gràcia, between Carrer del Rosselló and Avinguda Diagonal
- Carrer de Balmes, between Carrer de la Granada del Penedès and Avinguda Diagonal
- Carrer de Balmes, between the streets of València and Aragó
- Vall d’Hebron, between Jericó and Plaça d’Alfonso Comín
- Via Favència, between Carles Soldevila and Plaça de Karl Marx
- Carrer de Roger de Llúria, between the streets of Consell de Cent and Aragó
- Carrer de Cartagena, between Llorens and Barba i Mas Casanovas
- Carrer de València, between Carrer de Roger de Llúria and Carrer del Bruc
New bus lanes
- Via Laietana
- Creu Coberta - Carretera de Sants
- Going up Via Augusta between Hort de la Vila and Passeig de la Bonanova
- Carrer d’Espronceda, seaward side, between Passeig del Taulat and Passeig de Garcia Fària
- Passeig de Garcia Fària, in the direction of Llobregat, between the streets of Espronceda and La Jonquera
Modifications and adjustments to bus lanes
- Via Favència, between Carrer de l’Artesania and Plaça de Karl Marx
In the second phase, the City Council will carry out seven more actions to improve the city's network of bus lanes and access to stations. More specifically, there are interventions on four bus lanes and the entrances to three stations.
New bus lanes
- Avinguda d'Esplugues: the creation of a new bus lane entering the city on Avinguda d’Esplugues, replacing one traffic lane.
- Avinguda Diagonal (between Plaça de Pius XII and Zona Universitària): the creation of a second bus lane exiting the city, replacing one traffic lane, which will also make it possible for direct buses to overtake buses that have stopped. This means that this city access road on the B-23 will have two bus lanes in each direction, balancing services leaving and entering the city.
- Avinguda Diagonal (between Plaça de Francesc Macià and Carrer d'Aragó): widening the bus lanes in both directions in order to ensure the proper circulation of the buses. A Besòs-direction traffic lane will be removed.
- Gran via de les Corts Catalanes (between Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer de la Marina): the creation of a second central-area bus lane in the direction of Besòs to provide coherence with the two bus lanes in operation prior to this section, running from Plaça d’Espanya to Carrer de Balmes. A Besòs-direction traffic lane will be removed.
Improving bus station entrances
- Access points to Sants bus station: improvements to station entrances, in order to increase pedestrian safety.
- Access to Estació del Nord: improvement to the conditions regulating bus departures from the station, in order to increase pedestrian safety and reduce the length of bus routes through the neighbourhood, by exiting directly onto Carrer de Sardenya.
- Access to Sant Andreu Arenal bus station: the creation of a lane entering the city on La Meridiana, allowing direct entrance to Sant Andreu Arenal bus station, in order to reduce unnecessary driving time to reach the station.
Safety, disinfection and hygiene protocol on public transport.
The various operators have put in place protocols so that the general public can use public transport under conditions of safety that comply with the regulations in force at any given time or stage: face masks, gloves, gels, safety canopies, etc.
Encouraging teleworking, flexitime and other similar measures.
The general process of lifting the lockdown must include various measures that limit mass mobility at peak times, which includes encouraging teleworking, flexitime and other similar measures.
Including public transport in the Covid-19 bailout fund.
The aim is to respond to the deficit caused by the state of emergency.
Giving prestige to public transport and the taxi service,
In order to recover the general public's trust and reaffirm the commitment of the authorities to public transport.
Creating a coach hub at Estació del Nord,
In order to concentrate this form of mobility and facilitate the application of health measures.