25 Sep, 2019 @ 15:25
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Alicante cuts speed limits to 30km/h as Spain’s DGT urges all cities to reduce traffic accidents

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ALICANTE has joined Spain’s major cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Malaga in cutting speed limits to 30 km/h on one-way and single-carriageway streets in a bid to reduce road accidents.

The move follows last year’s orders from the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) to apply the measures in every Spanish city.

DGT figures showed that traffic accidents in Barcelona plummeted by ‘40%’ after the Catalonian capital enforced the new rules.

Spain is one of ‘very few’ EU countries to approve the measures suggested by the EU-wide City 30 initiative.

Alicante follows in the footsteps of Valencia city’s enforcement in June this year, becoming the 2nd city in the Valencian Community to be a City 30.

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WALK THIS WAY: Alicante’s Town Hall is also planning to pedestrianise the city’s Old Town

Councillor for Mobility and Traffic, José Ramón Gonzále, said: “Making the streets more friendly for pedestrians will reduce accidents, reduce noise, air pollution and fossil fuel consumption.”

It comes as the Town Hall intends to complete its long-time project to pedestrianise the entire city’s old town, form Avinguda Dr Gadea to the Castel de la Santa Barbara.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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