Madrid city centre goes pedestrian for festive shopping

Gran Vía and surrounding streets to be restricted to traffic on peak days

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Madrid's Gran Vía, lit up with Christmas lights, is to have traffic restricted at peak times to benefit shoppers (Photo: EPA)

MADRID is closing part of the city centre to private vehicles for a large part of the coming festive period. The town hall says the action is being taken to “gain space for pedestrians, especially at a time of high commercial activity”.

Gran Vía and surrounding streets will be pedestrianised on certain peak days ahead of Christmas, and for 24 hours a day from December 23 to January 8. The first 10-day closure bagan last Friday, December 2, and continues until December 11.

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