Queues grow as tolls empty motorway – Denia, Costa Blanca News

MOTORWAY SHUNNED: Drivers prefer queues to tolls

THE AP-7 toll motorway is losing 3,000 users a day.

By last October, traffic on the motorway had already fallen by 14 per cent compared with 2011, according to the ministry of Public Works. 

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Tolls rose by 11 per cent during the same period following increases last July and September.

Charges rose again at the beginning of this year and the AP-7 is emptier than ever.  Drivers are starting to shun the motorway, especially for short journeys.

This is particularly noticeable in both Marinas, where traffic has increased on the N-332 despite the absence of a ring road in Gata de Gorgos, Benissa or Altea.

Traffic slows to a notorious crawl in all three towns throughout the year, especially on market days and during the morning and evening rush hours.

It now costs €8.90 to drive from Denia to Alicante and €8.20 from Denia to Valencia.  Drivers joining the motorway at Benidorm pay €3.85 to get to Alicante and €13.40 to drive to Valencia.

The cost, on top of high fuel prices, is persuading many to take the long way round.


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