IN an effort to solve the traffic chaos that has been building up in Soller following the pedestrianisation of Calle Luna, a new circulatory system is being introduced a week today, on 5th February.

The measures were presented yesterday by local Home Affairs Councillor Joana Mediana and Soller Police Chief, Josep Porcel. They explained that only the first stage of the re-routing would be opened next week which aims to provide a quick exit from the top area of the town. “Up until now, vehicles have been having to make considerable detours,” they said.

The main changes apparently involve altering the direction of traffic in Calle Sant Jaume and Isabel II. As of 5th February, the main entrance road to Soller will be Calle Cetre.

Traffic running close to Calle Sa Lluna will also be re-routed following demands from local residents that the area be sealed off for pedestrians only. Entrance can be gained by vehicles belonging to delivery vehicles and local businesses which have special permission to use the street. There will, however, be a limited timetable for access for lorries and vans which need to drop off or collect goods.

Josep Porcel made a general call for “patience” on the part of people both living, driving and working in Soller. He said that the new circulatory routes are being designed to bring an end to bottlenecks and long detours but its success depends on a staged introduction. “Soller's traffic problems are not going to be solved overnight,” he said.