There is less than a month until the start of the Albacete Fair, and the Department of Urban Mobility is stepping up work facilitate accessibility to the environment of the Fair both for residents of the area, for the rest of the inhabitants of the city, and for people who visit the Fair during these days. It is a total of more than 1,800 interventions from various establishments which are carried out for the assembly of all the infrastructures necessary for the development of the Fair, and which are doubled with the removal of these elements at the end of the same.
As he recalled Urban Mobility AdvisorJose Gonzalez, “our city is almost the only one in Spain to have a specific exhibition center for the Fair and it is also in the city, in this way we also facilitate the movement on foot of a large part of the citizens and not having to use the private vehicle”. Already in mid-July, the Special Public Transport Service of the Fair began with the signaling of emergency routes throughout the area and the removal of 150 metal milestones.
In addition, bicycle parking spaces, bicycle space reservation signs and taxi rank signage will be installed; 800 green bollards with reflective strips will also be placed near the Campus (Carretera de Barrax, Velarde, Benavente, Manuel de Falla, Arquitecto Carrilero, Hermanos Jiménez, among other streets). As usual, the 35 sections of road that access the pedestrian area of the Fair will be closed to traffic, with the installation of 150 metal bollards.
Already in August, the Department of Urban Mobility intensified the work, with the removal of more than a thousand bollards installed in the Paseo de la Feria and in the union of this fair promenade with the Ejidos; at a time, 700 blocks have been placed to house the green landmarks which will be released next week.
Work is already underway to install new bollards and control barriers in the streets that favor emergency exits, “because it must be taken into account that on the busiest days of the fair hundreds of thousands of people can gather and access must be guaranteed for all emergencies that arise impose”. Thus, the mobility adviser pointed out that, In the first week of September, the device will be launched to control access to residents of the fair.whose streets are part of the special fair device launched every year between the Department of Urban Mobility and the local police of Albacete.
This year, requests were made through an online questionnaire, and registrations will be canceled. In this way, they avoid having to fetch the cards and access to the garages in the area in question is facilitated. At this point, José González took the opportunity to “thank the neighbors for their understanding of the inconveniences that may be caused by the preparations that generate an event as important as the Albacete Fair”.
Notably, for all those who live further from the Fair, the city council will launch the special fair service, which can be used with the same bonuses and discounts as the rest of the year. In addition, special services will be launched to neighborhoods so that the private vehicle option has a real alternative.
Finally, the adviser pointed out that this year there is also a novelty related to accessibility, such as the remodeling of the Caseta de los Jardinillos, whose main action has been the renovation of the entire pavement of the track area, which has been paved, leaving the entire surface at one level, without steps, which facilitates the wandering of people. With this action, among other improvements, the Caseta de los Jardinillos gains in accessibility, since the semi-circular low walls that separated the area of the track from the space dedicated to reception and which became an obstacle have also been removed.