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BARCELONA SUPERBLOCK

The Barcelona of the 21st century now paves the way with major works to transform the city into a place to address the challenges for global urban centres and, at the same time, guarantee a better way of life in them.

Projects

Via Laietana

01 Via Laietana

We are transforming Via Laietana into an avenue that prioritises pedestrians and sustainable mobility. It will be a greener street, with more space for people to stroll down, and which is committed to local commerce.

The purpose of the remodelling is to turn this emblematic city street into a pleasanter, safer and healthier place, where pedestrians are the main players. It is also intended to ensure Via Laietana is no longer a barrier and fosters the connection between the Gòtic and Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera neighbourhoods.

The alterations will enable the pavements to be widened to over 4 metres. The uphill and downhill bus and taxi lanes will be maintained, while bicycles will have their own lane, segregated from uphill traffic, and be able to use the downhill bus lane.

Four large living spaces will be developed along the street: one at the junction between Via Laietana and Carrer de Jonqueres (which will be traffic-calmed); a larger Plaça d’Antoni Maura (joining up the Cathedral and Santa Caterina Market); Plaça de l’Àngel, and a new square, Plaça d’Idrissa Diallo.

The first stage of this work will be carried out at two squares: Plaça d’Urquinaona and Plaça d’Antoni Maura.

It is expected to start on 1 March 2022 and finish by mid-2023.

02 Superblocks: green corridors and Eixample squares

The Superblock programme has become the transformation model for all the city’s streets, with the aim of reclaiming part of the space currently occupied by private vehicles for the general public.

The goal is to achieve a healthy, greener, fairer and safer public space that promotes social relations and the local economy.

Parts of some streets – C/ Consell de Cent, C/ Rocafort, C/ Comte Borrell and C/ Girona – are going to be turned into green corridors. In addition, four large squares, roughly 2,000 square metres each, will also be created at the junctions between these green corridors (C/ Consell de Cent with C/ Rocafort, C/ Comte Borrell, C/ Enric Granados and C/ Girona).

The work is expected to start in July 2022 and end during the first quarter of 2023.

03 Tram lines

The linking up of the two tramways on Av Diagonal will start soon, with an initial stage that will extend the tramway from les Glòries to C/ Girona.

This work includes installing all the tramway systems and redeveloping Av Diagonal. In addition, it will also have an impact on Plaça de les Glòries, where a large interchange will be built to integrate the T4, T5 and T6 lines, as well as several urban and inter-city bus lines and the connection with the Glòries metro station (L1). The project also includes developing a new section of Parc de les Glòries, just opposite the Museu del Disseny, between C/ Cartagena and C/ Badajoz. It will feature new green areas that will turn this old road nexus into a genuine park.

04 Glòries

The Glòries redevelopment is closely linked to progress with the tramway works, which will enable work to continue on the new park’s seaward side.

Moreover, now the underground road tunnels are operating, it will be possible to complete the park with the central section, used by cars until now. Plaça de les Glòries is now completely free of traffic and the whole area can be turned into a large park.

The project will also see, in the coming months, a tactical redevelopment of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, from Plaça de les Glòries to, roughly, Rambla del Poblenou.

Meridiana

05 La Meridiana

Meridiana acts as a true urban motorway traversed by thousands of cars every day. The goal is to make this avenue more people friendly, with more greenery and meeting spaces.

The new Av Meridiana is already a reality between Plaça de les Glòries and Carrer de Mallorca and work is now in progress to continue this transformation up to C/ Josep Estivill. It will finish sometime during the second quarter of 2022.

A new section of the remodelling work will start towards the end of 2022, in this case, from Josep Estivill to Felip II.

La Rambla

06 La Rambla

La Rambla is Barcelona’s best-known and most popular street. The intention of reclaiming it as a city hub is to revive neighbourhood life and economic activity. The priority is to promote its commercial diversification, boost its housing, foster its cultural activities and remodel the area so that it encourages people to take a stroll and meet up there.

The new layout will also improve accessibility and connectivity between the Raval and Gòtic neighbourhoods, and join up with the remodelling work on Via Laietana, which will help to revive local commerce and the city centre.

The remodelling project, developed by means of a public competition agreed with local residents and organisations, has a budget of €44.56 million and will carried out in sections, starting with the part closest to the coast, between Santa Madrona and Colom, in mid-2022. Moreover, La Rambla’s redevelopment will involve the creation of three spaces that will highlight the architectural heritage and urban context: the Moja-Betlem space, the Boqueria plain and the Teatre plain.

07 BIKE LANES

The city’s cyclable network is set to grow with an additional 32.6 kilometres of bike lanes by 2023 and improvements to existing ones to make it easier, safer and more sustainable to get around by bike. In all, the infrastructure will cover 272 kilometres, a figure which rises to over a thousand if we include roads with speed limits of 30 km/h and street-calmed areas.

Port Olímpic

08 Port Olímpic

Barcelona City Council aims to reclaim the Olympic Port as a place to enjoy and take a walk, with the blue economy as the key.

The changes will include an improved structure for the breakwater, providing it with 3,000 square metres of public space for taking a walk. A new access ramp will be built at the Moll de Mestral wharf and the night-time leisure premises will be transformed into spaces with sailing uses.

The Municipal Sailing Centre is to be thoroughly renovated.

Pi i Margall

09 Pi i Margall

C/ Pi i Margall will be transformed into a green corridor where plants prevail and which prioritises pedestrians, bicycles and public transport. Not only that, it will become a new green corridor connecting Parc de la Ciutadella with the Collserola range.

One of the notable aspects of the remodelling is the elimination of asphalt and reduction of space allocated to traffic. In fact, 70% of the whole area will be for pedestrians and greenery, resting areas will be created and pavements widened, to 12 metres at some points.

As for mobility, priority will be given to local vehicle and bus travel, with speeds limited to 30 km/hr. There will be an uphill lane for buses and local traffic, as well as a new segregated bike lane, and a shared downhill lane for buses, local traffic and bicycles.

OTHER MEASURES

  • TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS

    La Sagrera

    Work in La Sagrera will help create a major connection hub for various means of transport, at the same time improving urban space and connectivity between La Sagrera and its environs. The goal is to put an end to the urban wound which has affected local people in this area for years.

  • ACCESSIBILITY AND EXTENDING THE L8

    Plaça Espanya

    Various public works are under way to improve accessibility to the metro station in Pl. Espanya. This work will continue at a later date with the extension to FGC Line 8 as far as Gràcia.

  • SEE FULL INFORMATION

    Visit the works website for detailed information on all public works being carried out in Barcelona.

TO REGENERATE BARCELONA AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOODS

BARCELONA SUPERBLOCK GOVERNMENT MEASURE

To regenerate the city is to re-make it, adapting it to the current context and modern-day challenges. This Government Measure sets out the actions conceived to re-make and reprogramme the city, the goal being to make Barcelona a more habitable place where everybody can live their lives to the full without the city losing its character and identity.

TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT CITY: MAP OF URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS

Discover, street by street, how the city of Barcelona is being transformed so it can take on the challenges of the climate, economic and social crisis and put the lives of local residents at the centre.