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The project to connect Las Palmas to Maspalomas in south Gran Canaria is almost ready to move into the build phase, according to local press reports.
All individual parts of the planning are complete and just need to be approved as a whole. The next phase involves buying the land needed for the 57km train track and 11 stations.
Parts of the track, where it overlaps with the GC1 motorway in Las Palmas, will have to run through tunnels
The total budget for the land purchases and construction of the track and stations is 1.500 million euros. However, none of this funding is yet in place and total spend so far, on viability studies and plans, is just 20 million euros.
The train, when it is completed, will connect Las Palmas to Maspalomas in 20 minutes. However, it is already running a little late: When the train was announced in 2009, it was expected to be running by 2015.
Despite what the headlines say, the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Town Hall is not planning to ban jogging along Las Canteras beach or the beachfront.
It has just has issued guidelines for new rules for Las Canteras beach and the beachfront boulevard. [Read more…]
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Las Canteras has long been a prestigious Blue Flag beach thanks to its clean water, easy access, facilities and Las Palmas’ commitment to preserving the marine environment (the whole beach area is a reserve).
Now, the 6KM+ walkway that runs from El Confital beach north of Las Palmas, all the way along the Las Canteras promenade and out past Las Arenas to the Mirador del Atlante sculpture has received a new award as a Blue Flag Path.
Blue Path awards only go to walking routes between Blue Flag beaches that contribute to the sustainable use of the beaches and surrounding area.
The entire walk takes a couple of hours and, this being Las Palmas, there are plenty of places on route to stop for a coffee or a cold beer.
The main section of Mesa y López street will be car-free by 2019 and eventually be part of a pedestrian corridor between the old stadium and Las Canteras beach.
The funds to pedestrianize Mesa y Lopez between the military base and Plaza de España come from the MetroGuagua budget while the next phase of the project still doesn’t have funds in place (or a date).
Eventually, the Las Palmas Ayuntamiento plans to pedestrianize the rest of Ruiz de Alda street, and create a car-free corridor along Rafael Almeida and Calle Pizarro to the beach.
From Mesa y Lopez to the Estadio Insular, the pedestrian areas will be on part of Calle Barcelona by the Mercado Central, along Mas de Gaminde, Manuel González Martín and a stretch of Concepción Arenal.
The total cost of the work is €5.5 million.
A final phase of the project includes the remodelling of the Plaza de España (currently a big roundabout).
Pedestrian Mesa y Lopez
The only cars allowed on these streets will be delivery vehicles and local residents using their underground parking access. The MetroGuagua buses will also have a lane on Mesa y Lopez.
This plan will make a huge difference to Mesa y López shopping street as it is currently a busy road. Shop owners have complained for years that people prefer the city’s malls and no longer shop outdoors because of the noise and traffic.
For owners in the Mesa y López property zone, the plan is great news as traffic noise has always been significant in the area.
Source: Canarias 7