Toll-free Costa Blanca motorway approved

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REMOVED: AP-7 to relieve the N-332 traffic issues within two years. (File image)

VALENCIA’S regional government has voted to support the removal of the tolls on the AP-7 motorway.

The decision was a unanimous one although the Partido Popular (PP) decided to abstain from the final vote.

It’s at the first stage of implementation, but once the current concession to run the service expires – in this case at the end of December 2019 – the motorway will transfer to public ownership.

The announcement was greeted with cheers from across the area as drivers look forward to the time they can use the AP-7 for free and stay away from the busy coastal roads that are often congested especially in the holiday periods.

The notorious traffic jam hot spots along the N-332, such as those in Torrevieja and Cabo Roig, should see immediate benefits from the decision as vehicles will be able to completely bypass the towns where tolls are currently in operation.

In addition, the Zenia Boulevard shopping centre should be able to attract more visitors from far and wide as the motorway has an exit just a few yards away.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Will truck drivers also get fined for sleeping in their vehicles on the public roads . Especially at weekends when they are not driving.We all pay taxes. So give us somewhere to park. TB

    • The front page story of the RTN SOUTH (issue 962) referred to the removal of tolls on the AP-7 motorway as from the end of December 2019.

      Since going to print, further information has come to light that the decision taken by the Valencian Community Government only related to the stretch of the AP-7 north of Alicante up to Valencia.

      The section of the AP-7 that bypasses Torrevieja, La Zenia and all-points south will continue to be subject to tolls as part of a concession that is in place for the foreseeable future.

      However, part of the decision taken in Valencia will allow HGV and other delivery trucks to use the southern section of the AP-7 without charge when the nearby N-332 and N-340 are subject to road works or other major disruptions.

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