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Spanish capital city of Madrid is set to launch "Madrid Central", new Low Emission Zone

30 November 2018

The new Low Emission Zone Madrid Central will enter into force this Friday, November 30, 2018. This measure, the first in the city's PLAN A for Air Quality and Climate Change, will put pedestrians, people on bicycles, and public transport at the centre of the new transport strategy and will contribute to improve public space.

Madrid Central covers almost the entire city centre district over 472 hectares. The four residential priority areas currently existing (Letras, Cortes, Embajadores and Ópera) will be integrated in the new Low Emissions Zone.

The LEZ aims to reduce by 37 % the current kilometers travelled and by 40 % the emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from road transport.

Public space re-design in various streets downtown will increase pedestrian space by almost 22,000 square meters.

The plan is being implemented in phases. Some measures haev been completed over Summer 2018 such as the installation of horizontal and vertical information signage..

On November 1, City Council has launched a broad information campaign which will run until December 2018.

On November 30, the Madrid Central regulations come into force, with gradual and progressive application and police and mobility agents enforcement.

In January 2019, the two-month trial of the computer-based system for traffic fines management will begin. During this time, information notices will be sent out without penalty to people who fail to comply with the regulations. In case of reiteration, a second letter will be sent within 15 days.

For more information, please visit Madrid Central webpage.