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2nd July 2020, 20:19

​New Line Wall Road plans offer glimpse into 'healthier, greener Gibraltar'

Published by GBC News

Plans for the Line Wall Road, Chatham Counterguard and Europort Avenue closures will include cycle lanes, beautification, promenades, greenery and the introduction of new electric buses. Artists impressions of the plans have been published.

The plans offer a glimpse into the improvements and benefits the Government says it is working to deliver. Number Six says it plans to improve the environment in which Gibraltarians go about their lives on the one hand, with the day-to-day practical requirements of a busy city like ours on the other.

A cycle lane will allow for safe and segregated riding along the length of Line Wall Boulevard for commuters and families . A dedicated cycling connection from Line Wall Boulevard to the area of Market Place vía Casemates is being considered.

A vehicular lane for all other traffic may retain restricted access to LineWall Boulevard. Access for essential and public service vehicles, bicycles, residents and electric vehicles, are being considered, although the precise details depend on data currently being gathered in response to the pilot project.

The plans also include beautification of the whole of the LineWall Boulevard area, including an improvement and beautification of the Park by the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the planting of trees to provide natural cover from the elements, and opportunities for leisure and catering establishments.

Chatham Counterguard and Montagu Curtain will become a common area referred to as Montagu Park, a hub for leisure and family activities. these will include a cycle lane, further commercial spaces and more areas for people to congregate socially and spend quality time with friends and family.

The plans are expected to come together with the provision of new electric buses, which the Government says will make moving around Gibraltar not just healthier, but easier. An announcement is expected in coming days on new bus route trials which will make for a bus service so frequent that the Governent says there will be little genuine or objective excuse for not using them.