On September 1, Abertis will release one of the most expensive highway sections in all of Spain . In line with the actions of recent years, for which many tolls have ceased to exist , and amid the Government’s intention to charge on most roads , more than 500 kilometers will become free, with Catalonia as the great beneficiary.
After releasing, in recent years, two of the most elapsed sections of the payment for their passage, the AP-4 (between Seville and Cádiz) and the AP-1 (between Burgos and Armiñón), this September 1 continues the democratize operation Spanish tolls.
Some highway payments that continue to decline, Spain is one of the countries that charges the least for its roads , while it is studying whether to follow this path or start a new culture towards all the payment of these infrastructures.
And it is that the last months have brought a greater character of gratuitousness in the highways, where the AP-2 and the AP-7 are now added . That is to say, a benefit for the drivers of these sections of Aragon, Valencian Community and Catalonia that had already seen liberation between Alicante and Tarragona.
Where do the open sections of the AP-2 and AP-7 pass through?
On this occasion between Alfajarín (Zaragoza) and El Vendrell (Tarragona), as well as the sections of the AP-7 between Tarragona and La Junquera (Gerona) and Montmeló and El Papiol (both in Barcelona), in this way the barriers will be opened that travel around 550 kilometers. Managed by Abertis, which will continue to lead these routes for a short term, however this movement ends with a history of more than 40 years of payment .
That is to say, goodbye, also to some of the most expensive roads in Spain since a trip between Zaragoza and Barcelona could be around 60 euros (without gasoline and car maintenance costs). In addition, this opening will be an alternative to the N-II where traffic was very high, due to its gratuity, but with great danger due to the lower security in front of a highway.
The Generalitat also raises its barriers
For its part, two other routes managed by the Generalitat of Catalonia, by the Ministry of Transport in the above cases, will also be freely accessible. The C-32 and the C-33 , passing between Barcelona and Lloret de Mar (Gerona) and between Barcelona and Montmeló , respectively, will complete this democratization with another 60 free kilometers.
Several municipalities have shown their uncertainty about the blow to their coffers
A lower cost, yes, because it was around 2 euros on these roads but it will also affect the municipalities that benefited from this payment. This has been shown mainly in Aragon, where up to eleven localities have expressed their uncertainty about the blow that their coffers will receive from September 1.
Be that as it may, all these roads (AP-2, AP-7, C-32 and C-33, in the aforementioned sections), will no longer charge for raising their barriers with the successive benefit for the pockets of the millions of drivers who they crossed its infrastructures. A liberalization of the highways that continues, while the Government’s idea of extending the payment to most of the Spanish roads remains on the table.