March 2, 2021

The Madrid City Council will limit traffic in Plaza Elíptica in 2021 to fight pollution



Plaza Elíptica will become a Low Emission Zone (ZBE) in 2021, entailing the restriction of circulation to vehicles without an environmental label -environmental classification A-, both passenger cars and Urban Merchandise Distribution vehicles, sources from the Environment and Mobility area.

The scope of application of this LEZ would be delimited by the A-42 between Avenida de Los Poblados and Calle 30. It works in this area because the Plaza Elíptica air quality measurement station is “the most conflictive” of the 24 which has the network together with the Aguirre Schools network, registering the highest levels of contamination.

The streets that are affected by the measure are Vía Lusitana between calle Faro and Plaza Elíptica; Avenida de Abrantes between 2 and 14 both inclusive, the entire Estoril passage, and from number 1 to 19 Calle de Braganza.

It also includes the entire Calle de Viana, the Avenida de Oporto from number 2 to 6, both inclusive; Calle de Antonia Lancha between Travesía de Antonia Lancha and Calle de La Vía, as well as Calle de La Vía between Calle Santa Lucrecia and Plaza Elíptica-Aluche.

Similarly, Évora street between number 14 and number 18, Antonio Leyva street between Santa Lucrecia and Plaza Elíptica; Marcelo Usera street between Manuel Noya and Plaza Elíptica. The San Filiberto Crossing and Marquesa de Silvela Street will be conditioned by the complete measure.

It will also affect Juan Español Street, between Manuel Noya and the side of Paseo Santa María de la Cabeza; the side of this Paseo, towards Madrid, between Plaza Elíptica and Calle Juan de España, as well as the entire Calle San Nicomedes.

The Community of Madrid exceeded the annual limit of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3) in 2018, with the Corredor del Henares and Plaza Elíptica as the main polluted areas, according to an evaluation report on air quality in Spain carried out by the Ministry for Ecological Transition.

In Madrid capital the annual limit value of the two components was also exceeded. Specifically, the exceedances in two stations stand out, that of Ramón y Cajal and that of Plaza Elíptica, the latter being the one that registers a greater presence of NO2.

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