Transport in Gibraltar

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Gibraltar has a limited public transport system, due to the small size of the territory and the impact of the constitutional dispute with Spain.[citation needed]



Private transport

Gibraltar has 49.9 kilometres (31.0 mi) of highways, all of which are paved. It has one of the highest levels of per capita car ownership in the world, with as many motor vehicles as people. Unlike the United Kingdom, traffic in Gibraltar drives on the right, as it shares a land border with Spain. Traffic formerly drove on the left; the change to driving on the right was made at 5.00 a.m. on 16 June 1929.

Roads in Gibraltar are fairly narrow, with a typical speed limit of 50 km/h (31 mph). Gibraltar has ten fuelling stations, and fuel prices are lower than in the neighbouring country of Spain. Some people from nearby Spain even enter Gibraltar for the sole purpose of filling their cars' fuel tanks.

Gibraltar's international vehicle registration is GBZ, and Gibraltar car number plates consist of the letter 'G' followed by four digits (1000-9999) and a single letter. These are the same shape, type face and colours as those in the UK. The Chief Minister's official car has the registration number G1, while the Governor's car, following tradition, has a crown, in place of a number.

Public transport

There are five bus routes in Gibraltar (routes 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10) and buses run to most areas of the territory apart from the Upper Rock, which is a nature reserve. The Gibraltar Bus Company runs four routes, with its distinctive modern fleet of blue-liveried Dennis Dart buses. These are:

  • Route 2: From Referendum House Terminus to Willis's Road Terminus.
  • Route 3: From Air Terminal Terminus to Europa Point Terminus.
  • Route 4: From Rosia Terminus to Both Worlds Terminus (Sandy Bay).
  • Route 9: From Air Terminal Terminus to Market Place Terminus.

The Calypso Bus Company runs the remaining route (route 10) with a more elderly fleet of red double-decker buses. Although at first sight similar in appearance to London's red buses, these left-hand-drive vehicles are actually secondhand from Germany (Berlin continues to operate similar double-deck buses).

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