Carriers lose 20% of their working day every day "stuck" on the isthmus

The carriers believe that the work at Belén María is a "patch" and will be useless without other measures on the isthmus.

Connectivity issues

Truck drivers from Gran Canaria should make five trips every day but, due to traffic jams, they make four

Silvia Fernandez

The carriers of Gran Canaria are one of the main victims of the daily traffic jam that occurs in the area of ​​the isthmus, between Belén María and Torre Las Palmas.
Every day they lose 20% of their working day “stuck” in this journey with the consequent expense in fuel and loss of productivity.

As he points
Secretary General of the Federation of Transport Entrepreneurs (FET), José Ángel Hernández, if a trucker should make five trips in a day, the traffic jam on the isthmus cuts it down to four. As Hernández indicates, in Gran Canaria 90% of the transport service runs from the port of Las Palmas to the different industrial estates.

For this reason, the carriers of Gran Canaria are the first to be interested in resolving the collapse of traffic that occurs in this area. For the FET, the work of the
Burial of Belén María is important but they consider that in itself it will not solve the problem that takes place in the surroundings of the Julio Luengo tunnels and that is the origin of the long queues that form from Belén María. "When the burying is done, what will happen is that the vehicles from Sebadal and the port will join the caravan earlier and they will do so under a tunnel but the collapse will continue," says Hernández.

Complementary solutions to improve collapse

In his opinion, the collapse of traffic forces us to take measures beyond the work of Belén María. First, he advocates
"soft measures"" As the
lane splitting, so that, when traffic collapses in a southerly direction from the port, one of the two lanes that goes to Sebadal is enabled in this direction. And vice versa. "This would relieve traffic to Torre Las Palmas instead of waiting for a mammoth work for which you have to wait and that depends on many factors," he says.

Hernández also advocates for
Eliminate the traffic light and the pedestrian crossing in the Julio Luengo tunnels, since 20 meters above the tunnel there is a passage area without a road. "That traffic light accumulates every five minutes, a car that generates the queue and it is not necessary since there is a crossing a few meters away," insists Hernández, who does not understand why these "simple" measures are not already adopted and would help alleviate the traffic.

Problems after leaving the port and in the port itself

«The Gordian knot of the collapse is in Torre Las Palmas. There is an interlocking at the height of the José Antonio building where an important retention occurs and this pulls back.
Until a definitive solution is given to this, what will go back are patches but it is not the definitive fix», he emphasizes.

In this sense, he considers that the demolition of the humanitarian aid ships in the port could be used to "
widen the Avenida Marítimanow that it has been confirmed that the Metroguagua will not go through this space.

In addition to the traffic jam on the highway, carriers also suffer 20 minutes of
delay in leaving the port due to the fact that the administrative system is not digitized and the control of the Civil Guard over the containers is done with a photocopy on paper and in hand. The FET is confident that the different measures in which the Port Authority is working will come into force in 2023, reducing these times and giving carriers a breather.