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now free to Barcelona!

The famous “Mediterranean motorway” will become completely free from September 1, in both directions. The tolls located between Le Boulou and Barcelona will in fact be removed.

Notice to all cross-border workers, southerners and holidaymakers: the Spanish highway AP-7, also nicknamed ” Mediterranean highway“, Becomes free from tomorrow. And this from the Jonquera tollgate to Tarragona, south of Barcelona. While waiting for this kind of measures in France …

A series of government measures

This is not the first time that the Spanish motorways have become free again. Pedro Sanchez, in office since June 2, 2018, has been campaigning for several years to regain possession of the roads. Many contracts have not been renewed with dedicated companies since the fall of 2019.

For example, part of the AP-7, from Tarragona to Alicante, was no longer paying since January 1, 2020. This time, it is indeed the 237 km totals that are counted with the removal of tolls on the way. A French person will therefore be able to save nearly 30 € on the return trip to Barcelona.

Measures… temporary?

The good news is however likely to make some unhappy. For people using the main road regularly, the transition to free access will drastically increase traffic jams. As an indication, the section previously cited between Tarragona and Alicante saw its traffic increase by 36% over the period 2020, compared to the previous year. All motorists who used the national roads to avoid tolls will no longer have to do so. We already count 75,000 vehicles per day in the Girona sector, the 100,000 mark will be greatly exceeded.

Only, maintain more than 10 000 km expressways costs money. And for now, the Spanish authorities are considering a financing system that will be unveiled next fall. The Spanish highways will then, hypothetically, go back to paying if no solution has been found …

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