April 18, 2021

Fomento confirms that the AP-7 toll road and the AP-4 will also be free by the end of this year | Economy

Fomento confirms that the AP-7 toll road and the AP-4 will also be free by the end of this year | Economy



The Ministry of Public Works has confirmed that both AP-7 motorway between Alicante and Tarragona as the AP-4, between Seville and Cádiz, will be free when the current concession ends, on December 31, 2019, as stated by the Secretary General of Infrastructure, José Javier Izquierdo, in a meeting held with the heads of UGT sector of Transport, Emilio Cardero, and Infrastructure, Daniel Sancha.

The union leaders have asked the government to subrogate all the contracts of the 1,000 employees working on these highways, operated by the concessionaire Aumar. The proposal is to relocate the workers in charge of the toll in future similar positions in case it goes ahead the proposal outlined by the Minister of Development, José Luis Ábalos, to implement tolls on the motorways.

Development has moved to the parliamentary infrastructure subcommission the need to find a formula to ensure the maintenance of the highways, which has an annual cost to the State of 11,000 million euros, and that is unfeasible because there are more and more kilometers ( 20,000 currently) and fewer public resources.

Previous of the AP-1

On December 1, he got up the toll of the AP-1 Armiñón highway (Vitoria) -Burgos, after 44 years as a means of payment. As a result, 43 (many of them worked in the booth) of the 111 workers employed by the Europistas dealership were affected by an employment regulation file.

Despite the uncertain political calendar, the Government is already preparing the contract specifications for the conservation of the 373.8 kilometers of the AP-7 motorway between Alicante and Tarragona that will amount to 16 million euros per year.

It also prepares the assumption of ownership of the motorway between Seville and Cádiz, 93 kilometers, which registers 18,343 daily users, and was inaugurated in 1971. The current president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, committed during the campaign to advance the liberalization of the toll at the beginning of this year 2019, compensating the concessionaire, but for the moment the regional government has not taken any step to fulfill that electoral promise.

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