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The Penedès gets rid of the feared Fourth belt

The ruling out of the construction of the Fourth Beltway in the Penedès due to the alternative of the Ministry of Mobility to make a fourth lane on the AP-7 between El Vendrell and El Papiol, Liked in the Veguería del Penedès where the impact of building a new infrastructure for vineyard areas and landscape value was denounced.

Even beyond avoiding that impact on the territory, the dismissal of the Fourth Belt must facilitate the drafting of the Partial Territorial Plan of the Penedès (PTPP), which, as the Secretary of Territori of the Generalitat points out, should be finished by the end of the year.

With the elimination of the Fourth Beltway over the Penedès, a greater consensus must be achieved for the PTPP. The territorial delegate of the Generalitat in Penedès, David Alquézar, agrees that the Fourth Belt was a “Headache with a tracing that was not positive.”


The alternative to the fourth ring road, called B-40, is to enable a link with the A-2 and the AP-7 near Abrera and Martorell. The Ministry has put out to tender a study for 1.8 million euros to analyze which is the best route for the link.

The construction of a fourth lane in both directions on the AP-7 motorway it helps the mobility of the Penedès and Garraf and avoids affecting the landscape. On the section of the AP-7 between El Vendrell and Papiol (Baix Llobregat), about 50 kilometers long, 100,000 vehicles pass every day since the toll was removed, 20% more than when the barriers were in place. It is a figure that poses a risk of collapse in a short time.

Last January, the director of Urbanisme, Agustí Serra, explained in El Vendrell the objective of having the Penedès Territorial Plan approved next year. The document must state the housing planning, production model, implementation of renewable energies and infrastructure layout.


He pointed out that 70% of the industrial land programmed from the municipalities has not been developed and will hardly be. He warned that a lot of land has been planned with little order and that another strategy should be considered in the territory.

The elimination of the fourth belt allows a new management approach that has generated debate for years. Environmental groups call for a increased protection of the wine landscape and elimination of planned but undeveloped growing areas.

For its part, the business sector Gran Penedès Business Federation demands more industrial land to attract investors. But there is also a need for provision of health, care and public mobility services.

The platform Defense of the Penedès Wine Identity has applauded the elimination of the Fourth Belt, but points out that there are more threats to the territory and that an agricultural protection plan is necessary to stop the pressures of the Barcelona metropolitan area in the form of residential, industrial and infrastructure land that would affect the essence wine industry throughout the area.

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