The toll of the eight highways that the State rescued last year and exploits the Ministry of Development will lower an average of 30% and will become free at night, between 0.00 and 6.00, starting this Tuesday, January 15.
The reduction applies to the four radial highways of Madrid, the M-12 that connects the capital with the Barajas airport, the AP-36 between Ocaña (Toledo) and La Roda (Albacete), the section of the AP-7 between Cartagena (Murcia) and Vera (Almería), and the Circunvalación de Alicante.
The Madrid-Toledo AP-41 will be added to them when the liquidation process of its current concessionaire concludes and the route is also rescued.
The public highways escape this way from the average rise of 1.67% that was applied to the toll of the rest of payment ways of the country on January 1 under the automatic rate update formula that the sector has.
In the case of rescued roads, the reduction takes effect on January 15 instead of the first day of the year due to the need to have a transition time in which "to modify and adapt the toll collection management systems to the new rates. "
With this descent, Fomento aims to equalize the different tolls that each presented encourage the increase of your traffic in order to achieve a better use of these infrastructures that have never reached the projections of users made when they were built.
Specifically, when they were put into service, between 2000 and 2004, the traffic of the nine roads it was 75% below the estimates, according to details of the Promotion in the Royal Decree which approved the reduction.
The increase they were achieving in the following years met in 2008 with the crisis, a period that resulted in a traffic collapse of 48.3%.
Traffic below the level before the crisis
At present, these toll roads, in line with the whole payment network, maintain the trend of recovery of traffic initiated in 2015, although at the end of 2017 they are 37.5% below that presented before the crisis .
In 2018, at the end of last October, the latest data available for Development, Some of these roads recorded traffic drops of between 1.01% and 22%. This is the case of the radial R-3 Madrid-Arganda, the R-5 Madrid-Navalcarnero and the Ocaña-La Roda.
In absolute terms, the number of users varies between 1,157 vehicles that, on average, travel every day through Madrid-Toledo and 22,125 daily take the highway between Madrid and the airport, the most used among the streams.
Fomento trusts that the expected increase in traffic with the tariff reduction will allow raise the income of these highways up to 69% which, however, assumes will report exploitation losses during the four years that it estimates will continue to exploit them.