Costa del Sol motorway misery to continue

Motorway misery to continue
The A7 motorway near Malaga suffered 30km tailbacks last weekend. Credit: Wikimedia

THE TRAFFIC DIRECTORATE (DGT) has ruled out a series of measures to ease traffic congestion on Malaga’s roads this summer.

Drivers complained after tailbacks reached 30 kilometres on the A-7 last weekend, calling on the authorities to allow the hard shoulder to be used. However the DGT says it would not be safe do so and instead has suggested motorway-users stay off the roads in peak hours.

It is anticipated use of the province’s roads will increase by 5 per cent by the end of the summer, leaving drivers stuck in heavy traffic. The DGT has now recommended avoiding main roads between 8pm and 10pm, while traffic is at its heaviest, and making use of toll roads, which it claims save money on fuel consumption.

The Association of Drivers has demanded the body lowers the cost of toll roads, however, to compensate for the extra traffic, while, Mario Arnaldo, president of European Automobile Association (AEA), has suggested the DGT improve its communication programme to allow drivers to be aware of possible traffic jams.

He said, “the road capacity cannot be increased but information could be improved so drivers can plan their trips better.”  He added multiple car collisions also fuelled the problem, saying, “motorists must maintain safety distances.The motorway’s capacity is 4,000 vehicles per lane per hour but this decreases in the case of an accident.”

Arnaldo also recommended the DGT find ways to reduce toll costs, claiming, “Malaga could become the victim of its own success. Tourist companies must find ways to reduce the cost of toll roads for their customers.”

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  1. it proves the road toll road companies have no or little business sense, even a nominal toll of 1 euro per segment would encourage many off the overcrowded coastal road and net the toll company millions in the summer season, arguments about wear and tear costs are problem every road owner has the government should make it law.


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