Spain Launches Drastic Traffic Limits To Ease Pollution • Channels Television


Cars and buses ride over signs reading “Madrid Central” on Calle Alcala street in Madrid center, on November 30, 2018. The Spanish capital has introduced an anti-pollution plan, called Madrid Central, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city centre. JAVIER SORIANO / AFP


Madrid on Friday launched an ambitious traffic restriction scheme in the city centre with which it hopes to reduce gas emissions by 40 per cent, drawing mixed reactions.

The “Madrid Central” system covers the Spanish capital’s historical centre and aims to “reduce pollution, noise and improve public spaces,” according to the left-wing city hall which points to the abundant offer of public transport and encourages cycling.

Madrid follows in the steps of other European cities like London, Stockholm or Milan that have restricted traffic in their centres.

In their case though, drivers can pay to enter.

In the Spanish capital, on the other hand, many drivers are banned altogether from accessing…

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