Representatives of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) and Palma City Council met today with the stakeholders involved in the remodelling of the new Promenade to raise various mobility-related issues. The meeting was attended by the councillor for Infrastructures and Accessibility, Angélica Pastor, and the head of Planning and Infrastructures of the APB, Antoni Ginard.
Cort explained that two plots of land have been identified in the area that will be used as temporary park-and-ride lots with a capacity for 950 vehicles.
The APB will also gradually remove the parking spaces to adapt to the new proposed sites and 108 parking spaces will be maintained on the seaward side throughout phase 1 of the works (end of 2023) and phase 2 (first half of 2024). This will enable 92 parking spaces to be maintained, plus 9 parking spaces for loading and unloading and 7 for people with reduced mobility.
A first park-and-ride area will be set up in Federico García Lorca Street with a capacity for about 150 parking spaces. Palma City Council is carrying out a series of improvements so that it can become operational at the beginning of 2023. The site will be cleaned, lighting will be installed, railings will be fixed, the slope will be levelled off, the land will be adapted and the parking spaces will be organised.
The car park at Les Golondrinas quay, with a capacity for 80 vehicles, will also be opened to the public.
In addition, there will be a 30,000 square metre site next to CLH with a capacity for 800 parking spaces. The administrative procedures will now be launched to enable it to be used as a temporary deterrent parking area for access to the city's Western zone. The work to be carried out includes the installation of the water collection network, as well as lighting and paving, among others. The existing trees will be maintained. It is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2023.
This car park will be connected to line 1 of the EMT, which will increase its frequency, and which currently connects the area to the city centre.
At the same time, the APB will maintain the parking areas in the middle of the Promenade during the first quarter of the year, while the deterrent park-and-ride facility is being set up. The parking areas are actually located at Pl. Mediterránea, Marina Puerto de Mallorca, Aigo Dolça and Auditórium.
In addition to the new car parks to be set up, there are others in the area, such as the Marquès de la Sènia municipal, the Estación Marítima and the Joan Miró 55 car parks, among others. Furthermore, the s'Aigo Dolça car park, with a capacity for 117 vehicles, will be operational from 2024.
Once the works on the new Promenade have been completed, four Bicipalma public bicycle dock stations will be installed.
Four traffic lanes
As for traffic, four lanes (two in each direction) will be maintained along the entire route and practically throughout the entire construction period, as has been the case until now. In addition, specific work is currently being carried out on the existing pavement on the sea side to convert it into a roadway.
A pedestrian promenade
The promenade project is defined as "a promenade for pedestrians". Therefore, the pedestrian area will be increased from 29.5 to 39.7%, and the pavements in the area furthest from the sea, which are now between 2.5 and 5 metres wide, will then be 5 to 10 metres wide. This will guarantee that terraces, green areas, parking, bus stops, containers, etc. can all be used without encroaching on the pedestrian precinct.
The departments of Infrastructures, Mobility and City Model, Decent Housing and Sustainability have been coordinated in order to carry out the actions in both areas.
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