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Santa Cruz fed up with traffic congestion 

Capital echoes the problems of the south

Santa Cruz is calling for urgent action to solve its own traffic access problems in a plea which echoes the problems in the south of Tenerife.

The city says it is not internal traffic causing the chaos but the amount of vehicles travelling into the capital from the metropolitan areas and the south of the island.

The city council says the public administrations must help to find a solution as nothing is being done.

And the authority warns that unless action is taken as a matter of urgency, they will be delivering a “don’t bother to come to Santa Cruz!” message.

First deputy mayor and mobility councillor, Zaida González said: “Santa Cruz is not the origin or cause of traffic problems but nevertheless we are the ones who suffer the consequences in the first person.”

In a meeting with the transport and trade working group of the CEOE of Tenerife, she told the different repre-sentatives of the Tenerife employers that “if the public administrations do not offer us alternatives, we will ask Santa Cruz not to let drivers enter our house “, referring to the recent demonstrations about the lack of car parks in the capital.

Santa Cruz receives about 150,000 vehicles daily, mostly from the metropolitan area (La Laguna, Tegueste and El Rosario), around 108,000 vehicles; while the second most notable flow comes from the south area, approximately 34,000.

“While the responsible institutions do not put on the table real alternatives to traffic on the two highways that lead to the capital, Santa Cruz will continue to suffer the con-sequences of the collapse, particularly in the peaks of greater intensity that corres-pond to the slots of 8am to 9am and from 4pm to 5pm,” said the first deputy mayor.

Zaida González, who listened to the different contributions of the representatives of the CEOE in matters of transport, lamented that “today there are no such alternatives and there are not even real projects.”

She said talks about bus and shared car lanes had been ongoing for three years without progress and the same appli-ed to the idea of park and ride schemes.

The meeting highlighted the need to move forward with the coastal route project as a solution to differentiate the industrial traffic linked to the port with ordinary traffic. Efforts are also being made to introduce a parking system in the busiest central areas which puts a time limit in order to free up spaces more quickly.