DRIVERS first had to endure almost five months of traffic delays when using the southern access road into Alicante as new cycle lanes were installed. Now, the speed limit has been reduced from 80 kilometres per hour down to 50, backed up with the installation of speed radars.
It’s estimated that more than 50,000 drivers use that stretch of coast road that links south of Alicante-Elche Airport with the port and Alicante city centre. They have been so used to the 80kph limit for so long that they now risk being fined up to €300 if they don’t take their foot off the gas.
Although the boxes containing the speed radars are already in place, as well as the warning signs, they won’t come into service until September at the earliest; drivers will get adequate notice of their full implementation.
Since the new cycle lanes opened two weeks ago, there have already been complaints from drivers who now find themselves in narrower lanes which have resulted in a few close shaves with passing lorries and buses.