HGV traffic has tripled on AP-2 and AP -7 since tolls were scrapped
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HGV traffic has tripled on AP-2 and AP -7 since tolls were scrapped last September, Raquel Sánchez, Spain's Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, has revealed.
The confirmation of the increase in HGV traffic on the two motorways was referred to by Raquel Sánchez during her presentation of 42 infrastructure improvements that will come to the AP-2, AP-7 and some surrounding roads.
According to Sánchez, the rise in lorry traffic was foreseen and is desirable because trucks are now using the motorway instead of other routes. This is resulting in increasing road safety.
As transporteprofesional.es reports, government data shows that since tolls were scrapped, overall traffic on the AP-2 has doubled. HGV traffic alone has tripled.
Commenting on the decision to scrap tolls and invest in infrastructure improvements, Sánchez said:
“The intention behind these actions is not to encourage the use of motorways. The objective is to adapt infrastructure to the current reality and the needs of the future. Without tolls, flows have changed and, especially on the north AP-7, it supports very intense traffic. Doing nothing is not an option: it would generate congestion, pollution and more accidents.”