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By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 14 Aug 2015

French and Basque governments consider extending rail 'motorway'


The French and Basque governments are looking into the possibility of extending the Atlantic rail 'motorway' to Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain).

The planned route will begin in the Pas-de-Calais department in north-east France and reach the French and Spanish border in the French Basque country.

Expanding the route to the Jundiz freight depot at Vitoria-Gasteiz is dependent on the completion of the Basque 'Y', which is a high-speed rail network connecting the three largest Basque cities of Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastian and Vitoria-Gasteiz.

By News Editor / Updated: 25 Aug 2015

Improving accessibility for visually impaired people in Barcelona (Spain)


Barcelona’s transport operator, Transports metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has always been sensitive to the needs of travellers with reduced mobility, and is a frontrunner in eliminating barriers to transport and improving accessibility. It has installed a number of technological and infrastructural improvements over the last decade to help visually impaired passengers navigate its transport network. Thanks to its excellent work, the TMB won an award in 2012 for the most innovative and sustainable initiative in Spain.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 12 Aug 2015

Logroño to transform public transport with technology (Spain)


The capital of the Spanish region of La Rioja, Logroño, is planning to make public transport smarter by using new technologies.

The city is currently designing a strategy with three main objectives: improving the quality of roads and urban transport; integrating transport services with new technologies; and developing Logroño into a smart city.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 10 Aug 2015

Barcelona improves accessibility on public transport (Spain)


A pilot project is underway to increase access to public transport to people with sight problems in Barcelona.

Two organisations are involved as well as Barcelona's public transport operator TMB; disability charity ONCE and mobility phone operator Vodafone España.

The pilot will use real environments, comprising a bus stop and metro station in the city, and involve the use of beacons which communicate with mobile phones via a specialised app.

By News Editor / Updated: 04 Aug 2015

Madrid to raise age limit for youth public transport pass (Spain)


The Spanish capital of Madrid will extend the age limit of its youth travel pass to cover young people up to the age of 26.

This means that from October over half a million young people in Madrid will be able to travel on the city’s entire public transport network for € 20 a month.

This fulfils a promise made by the new President of the Community of Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes, during her election campaign. Cifuentes was elected in June 2015.

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 29 Jul 2015

Spanish cities plan to share buses


Three Spanish municipalities, Torrelavega, Reocín and Cartes, are developing a plan to share public transport between them.

The plan would see bus services from Torrelavega, the largest city in the group, extended to its neighbours.

Among the reasons for expanding the service are providing a sustainable public transport option as well as opportunities to travel between the cities for commuting or leisure trips.

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By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 23 Jul 2015

Almería plans city centre pedestrianisation in new SUMP (Spain)


The city of Almería is planning to turn its historic centre into a pedestrian zone through a series of measures outlined in its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

This includes limiting vehicle traffic only to residents of the area, reorganising public transport, implementing routes for cyclists, and introducing a public bike-sharing programme.

By Freya De Muynck / Updated: 10 Jul 2015

3rd European Cycle Logistics Federation Conference

Taking place this year in Donostia-San Sebastián, the conference explores the potential for deliveries using cargo bikes and trikes.

From 15 until 17 October 2015 cycle couriers, municipalities, logistics companies and other experts from all over Europe will gather to discuss how to decarbonise deliveries in urban areas, and how to approach the last-mile problem.