New PSOE government scraps AP-7 tolls

FREE: Tolls removed was a political price to pay ©JTCurses/Wikimedia

THE change of national government has resulted in a positive announcement for all those drivers who pay tolls on the AP-7 motorway.

According to an interview in the Spanish media with the new Minister of Development, Jose Luis Abalos, the PSOE government will end the tolls on those roads where the existing 50-year concession is due to end between now and 2021.

The stretch of the AP-7 between Alicante and Tarragona will become free for all users as from January 1, 2020 and is part of a number of other motorways that will revert to State control over the next three years.

The northern section of the AP-7 between Tarragona-La Jonquera and Montmelo-El Papiol will have to wait until August 31, 2021 to be free of tolls.

The freeing up of these motorways not only has economic repercussions but also political ones too, as this was one of the main demands of the Catalan political groups- PDeCAT, ERC and the Valencian Compromis Party – which enabled the new Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, to get their support in the recent vote of no-confidence.

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