The urban development of Valladolid is centred on intelligent planning, the city should be balanced, rational and compact with land put to diverse uses and making good use of public transport and meeting points. This model of a city facilitates richer social and cultural development and makes it less necessary to travel, using up valuable energy resources.
As regards planning, Valladolid is at a crucial point in its urban future. The arrival of the high speed train in Valladolid on 22 December 2007, and putting the railway track underground marks a historic moment for our city, an opportunity to develop an ambitious urban project using the land made available in accordance with the proposal presented by the Provisional Union of Companies formed by the British architect Richard Rogers, Vidal e Idom and which consists of the following:
In this way, Valladolid and the railway unite in an exciting challenge with similar consequences to those produced by the introduction of the railway in the XIX century or the arrival of Renault in our city in the middle of the XX century.
Video – Modification of the General Urban Plan. Valladolid towards 2016.
It is important to emphasize the role played in urban development by Valladolid’s position in the Autonomous Community and the system of relations with other Spanish capitals, as well as its privileged position as a communication and distribution point with the north-east and its connection with Portugal. Valladolid is in a key position in the north-east of Spain and, in fact, the European Commission for Transport situates Valladolid as an important centre of road and rail transport and a nexus between Portugal and France.
Valladolid also has an international airport with regular connections to Barcelona, London, Paris, Brussels and Milan. The plan is to have an airport which can transport passengers and merchandise and that it should link up with other forms of transport, especially with rail transport of merchandise and the high speed train.
Problems of mobility and security are among the main concerns of many of the world’s large cities. Valladolid is working to encourage people to use public transport and reduce the number of private cars, to increase pedestrian areas and improve the traffic situation. This is being done through urban measures and especially, with the introduction of new technology and new models of mobility.
Valladolid’s urban buses are among the most committed to the environment and are an international reference point. In 1993 and as a result of a pilot scheme, AUVASA decided to include GLP buses in its fleet. Hence, since 1995, a total of 110 vehicles using GLP have become part of AUVASA’s fleet. The use of GLP as a fuel has been very positive when it comes to reducing harmful emissions within the public transport plan to improve the atmosphere drawn up by MOPU.
AUVASA has quality control certificate ISO 9001 and its environmental policy includes various measures outlined in the standard ISO14001:1996.