the toll barriers will disappear on several Spanish highways . One of those affected will be the AP-2, on the section that goes from Zaragoza to El Vendrell. Another will be the AP-7 , which will eliminate the payment points between Tarragona and La Jonquera and between Montmeló and El Papiol after it did so in 2019 on the section from Salou to Alicante.
And the same will happen with two of the Generalitat’s concessions, the C-32 (from Barcelona to Lloret de Mar) and the C-33 (from Barcelona to Montmeló).
The process of putting an end to the toll road concessions, which began in 2018, in turn coincides with the Government’s plans to incorporate pay-per-use on high-capacity roads, as set out in the recovery plan after the pandemic of the covid-19 , with the reforms and investments planned to take advantage of the 140,000 million euros that correspond to Spain from the European funds ‘Next Generation’ until 2026.
The lifting of toll barriers may usher in a new stage in which high-capacity roads will once again be paid for. The debate also revolves around when and what the payment formula will be , if the barriers will be revived, a method that the central Government has defended, or if it will opt, as proposed by the Generalitat, for other systems such as the so-called ‘vignette’, a kind of temporary sticker that is acquired after paying an amount and is placed on the window of the vehicle (like that of the ITV) to be able to circulate without being fined.
The state’s road network is made up of 26,466 kilometers, of which 12,035 are high-capacity roads, that is, highways, highways and multi-lane highways. These figures make Spain the fourth country in the world in kilometers of motorways (only surpassed by China, the US and Mexico). Of all these routes, 37 were paid.
THE DOMINATION OF CONCESSIONS
In December 2018, many concessions began to expire. The first to lift the barriers was the AP-1 motorway, in the Burgos-Armiñón section, after 44 years of being operated by the company Europistas, Itínere group (Sacyr).