SPAIN has announced a major revamp for its side of the frontier in a bid to improve traffic flow.
The proposed plans, recommended by the European Commission, will see the creation of six lanes for cars driving in and four coming out.
The €5 million scheme will be carried out in eight phases and should be complete by the end of the year.
The plans to remodel the frontier came following a high level visit by politicians from the EC last year and a deluge of complaints from both Gibraltarians and Spaniards who work on the Rock.
Further pressure on the government came when a new body called the Mesa de Gibraltar (The Gibraltar Table), which includes all local political parties in La Linea apart from the PP, as well as local trades unions, demanded a solution to the issue.
The plan will involve knocking down existing buildings and constructing new ones in a layout in parts modelled on the Andorra frontier.
A key issue for planners on both sides of the border will be ensuring that works on either side of the frontier fence link together smoothly.
The scheme also includes plans for new facilities for searching vehicles, including a scanner, and an enlarged parking area for seized cars and motorbikes, as well as improved pedestrian access.
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