Thursday, September 16

The end of toll concessions in Catalonia will release 556 kilometers of high-capacity highways

The bulk of tolls in Catalonia will disappear next Wednesday, September 1, when the concessions on two state highways and two of the Generalitat expire. At midnight on Wednesday the barriers of the AP-7, AP-2 and a good part of those of the C-32 and C-33 will open and 556 kilometers of high-capacity highway will become free.

From that moment, in Catalonia there will be 120 kilometers with tolls paid by the user, all of them on roads that are owned by the Generalitat and whose concessions end between 2036 and 2039: the Cadí Tunnel (Lleida), the Sant Cugat section -Manresa (Barcelona) of the C-16, the Castelldefels (Barcelona) -El Vendrell (Tarragona) section of the C-32 and the Vallvidrera Tunnels.

Along with these, six other roads have tolls that the administration covers. The Government pays a fixed amount for each vehicle that passes on: the C-16 between Manresa and Berga (Barcelona), the C-14 between Reus and Alcover (Tarragona), the C-35 between Maçanet and Platja d’Aro (Giona ), the C-17 between Vic (Barcelona) and Ripoll (Girona), the Eix Transversal between Lleida and Girona and the Eix Diagonal between Manresa and Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona).

The Government and the Generalitat plan to allocate 25.9 million euros of investment to dismantle the toll beaches of the AP-7, AP-2, C-32 nord and C-33 motorways that will be without service from 00.00 hours next Wednesday, when the concessions of Acesa and Invicat, both companies of the Abertis group, end.

Specifically, the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma) will allocate 18.4 million euros, to which will have to be added 8.8 million in taxes, for the elimination of the 48 payment points that exist in the AP -7 from Salou (Tarragona) to La Jonquera (Girona) and the AP-2, which connects the border with Aragon with El Vendrell (Tarragona).

These investments are included in the five tenders launched by the Government for the conservation and exploitation of these two routes that have been consulted by Europa Press and that, according to Mitma sources, “are in administrative procedures prior to the award and subsequent formalization of the themselves “.

The toll with the largest budget is that of exit 9A / 9B of the AP-7, in Maçanet de la Selva (Girona), which adds two payment points and where an investment of 1.92 million euros is expected .

Behind it is exit 35 of the AP-7, in Vila-seca-Salou (Tarragona), with 1.4 million euros, which includes the construction of a roundabout to rearrange the route worth 891,393.1 euros. Exit 32 of the AP-7, in Torredembarra-Altafulla (Tarragona) also exceeds one million euros in investment, with a total of 1.25 million, although divided into four different works since there are as many different toll beaches.

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