Palma City Council unveiled the next phase of its city centre traffic improvement plan yesterday with work expected to start in January. The principal task is the widening of the pedestrianised zone along the Borne which will then be open to one-way traffic only. The post office and central government delegation side of the Borne is to be paved over with only the lane of traffic which runs down to the sea front being open to one way traffic in the opposite direction, apart from public transport which will have its own counterflow lane. The plans for the next traffic improvement phase were announced by Palma's Mobility Council. Early next year, calle Constitución will be pedestrianised and traffic along the main shopping street Jaime III will also become one way. In the old part of the city, the speed limit is to be reduced to 30 kilometres per hour. Councillor for Traffic, José Manuel Sierra, said yesterday that initially the plan to pedestrianise one side of the Borne had been a provisional one, but shopkeepers objected to the idea, preferring the council to get on with the plan and complete the road works as quickly as possible.
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