In Grau-du-Roi, cars with suction cups are not on the rise

Parking, traffic, works … The coastal station becomes less accessible for motorists and gives more space for pedestrians and cyclists.

Parking, traffic, construction … At the Grau-du-Roi things are moving! This could be the new slogan of the coastal city just when the first rays of sunshine see tourists coming.

Since mid-January, work to beautify the city, as part of the urban renewal, and in connection with the future Mediterranean eco-district, began on Dossenheim Avenue and is currently continuing in Antonin-Revest Square.

“Establishment of wooded and pleasant spaces, wider sidewalks for pedestrians, bike lanes”, details Robert Crauste, the mayor. And a new parking mode “less anarchic.” The Port-Royal Mall has a new look. “It simply came to our notice thensays a shopkeeper.

“They had the merit of removing all the windy cars. This pedestrian and bicycle lane to Espiguette is beautiful, but since January 10, due to the works, I have had a significant drop in clientele and a great loss of billing “. indicates the butcher. Between the accessibility to the shops made difficult during the works and the lack of signage, he acknowledges: “Customers are a little lost.”

Yves lives all year round and lives in the neighborhood. Regrets: “ I don’t have a garage for my vehicle. There are fewer parking spaces today. We forget a bit that it is a city of retirees and that they travel by car … All these bicycles and pedestrians on the sidewalk are going to cause accidents! ” The same observation for Lydia, a year-round resident: “I don’t have a garage or parking lot. Sometimes it takes an hour to find a place to park. We had to park before construction!”

Difficult traffic in May

Currently, to cross the city center rue du Levant-rue de la Rotonde, traffic alternates with traffic lights. The traffic light is located on the corner of rue de la Victoire and rue de la Rotonde when arriving from the canal.

In the other direction, arriving from the town hall, the traffic light is located on Levant Street, after the detour that allows you to go towards Avinguda de Dossenheim. From May 9, the Place Revest sector will be closed to traffic during the month of May.

From this date, signs will be installed inviting you to take detour routes.


“Walking is not a problem”

Yacime and Camille came from Aigues-Vives to spend the day by the sea and easily found a place in Antonin-Revest: “It’s great. We usually park near the tennis courts. But if you have to walk fifteen minutes. When the weather is nice, that’s no problem!”

Muriel and Carole of Montbrison (42) regularly rent in Grau-du-Roi: We are It arrived late at night and it was raining. We found a place easily, but it’s a hassle. We will avoid moving the car this week. “

You can also forget about your car and go to Grau-du-Roi by train. With the train LiO SNCF, the line Nimes – Le Grau-du-Roi is cheap with tickets at 1 €. There is still free parking at the Palace of Sports and Culture and behind the sands and accept a fifteen minute walk … It’s good for your health!

“One hundred seats removed”

Four questions to Robert Crauste, mayor of Grau-du-Roi.

When will this work be finished?

The project is expected to be completed next June.

Why remove parking spaces?

We have removed a hundred seats in order to avoid cars with suction cups.

Parking lots have become paid for and parking prices have risen.

The new price encourages car rotation. It quickly becomes expensive beyond 5 hours of parking. There are 30 free minutes in the city center (then € 1.70 per hour) and 2 hours in the car parks of Ancien-Combattants or Beauduc.

How can parking and traffic be better managed in this tourist city?

It is planned to double the capacity of existing car parks and store cars on the outskirts. Due to the traffic, a difficult point for Le Grau to enter the gendarmerie, I asked the Department to set up a feasibility study for a funnel that would pass under the canal and the railway.

In 2021, Grau-du-Roi had 7,845 parking spaces, including 5,462 free and 2,383 paid. In 2022, the municipality indicates 2,463 paid places, 5,194 free places and 120 places for people with disabilities. The City Council confirms that 84 parking spaces have been removed from the Revest car park in the Port Royal shopping center. At the end of the works, there will be 12. Twenty-four seats have also been removed on Dossenheim Avenue.

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