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Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Santa Cruz gets 9.4 million euros from Next Generation funds to limit city centre traffic

Calle de la Rosa, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Jose Mesa. Some rights reserved

Santa Cruz received confirmation last week of its access to Next Generation funds through the Zona de Bajas Emisiones (ZBE) (Low Emissions Zone, or Clean Air Zone (CAZ) project with which it intends to limit traffic access to the city centre. 

The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda published the concession of 9.4 million euros for the implementation of this project, to which the Santa Cruz City Council contributes another 5.6 million, to complete the more than 15 million for the implementation of this ZBE, which also involves the purchase of 100% electric buses (2.2 million), the remodelling of the streets of Imeldo Serís (1.9) and La Rosa (1.7), a personal mobility network (1.2) and auxiliary installations for electric buses (696,000 euros).

This project, which on the map coincides with the Zona de Gran Afluencia Turística (Area of ​​Great Tourist Influx), involves the implementation of up to 39 points with license plate recognition cameras, the limitation of surface parking to favor its use by residents and the implementation of what is known as blue zone, to favor the rotation of existing car parks.

Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, praised this milestone, pointing out that “the granting of more than nine million for projects related to the future Low Emissions Zone of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is great news for the city. It supposes, in the first place, an endorsement of the projects presented by the capital and the officials of each of the services involved. These initiatives are well constructed and have an obvious justification for the benefit of improving the quality of life of citizens”.

The alderman added that, “on the other hand, they also imply the promotion of a city project, a planning that implies that citizens gain space from cars; that the city's services sector, which is the majority, can generate new business opportunities and continue building jobs, and, in addition, continue promoting the reduction of polluting gas emissions”. Bermúdez defended that the development of this project "will also allow us to recover, for the enjoyment of the residents, and to revalue, one of the main arteries of the city centre such as Calle de La Rosa, which residents have been looking for for a long time”.

For the new head of Public Services, Carlos Tarife, "the approval of this project represents a boost to a transformation of the city and its public services, to become less polluting, more efficient, and closer to the objectives of sustainable development" .

From the Mobility area, Evelyn Alonso, pointed out that “Santa Cruz is experiencing a key moment in terms of the transformation of mobility and its relationship with sustainable policies. This project is a starting point and supposes an impulse to continue implementing measures that favor a mobility closer to the needs of the citizenry”. 

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