The nine toll highways and broken toll roads and whose management has reverted to the State will remain under public tutelage for at least the next four years. The Council of Ministers today authorized the signing of an addendum to the agreement signed by the State and Seittsa so that the public infrastructure company continues to take charge of these roads for the next four years. The Ministry of Public Works has explained that "The liquidation processes of the concession contracts from which these infrastructures came, which are expected to last several years given their recent start and complexity, and the convenience of undertaking investments, among other reasons, make it necessary to extend the agreement".
The agreement ratifies what was announced a few weeks ago by the Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos: that these roads will not be taken out again in the short term. After the bankruptcy and subsequent reversion to the State, the Government of Mariano Rajoy had planned to redeliver the management of the roads to the private initiative. With this maneuver I expected to enter between 800 and 1,000 million euros with which to cushion the impact of the administration's financial responsibility (RPA). Since the contracts were resolved in advance, the State is obliged to compensate the owners of the concessionaires. With the change of Government, however, these plans also varied. Ábalos has explained that the new conditions in which these roads should be relicited, broken by the lack of traffic and the extra costs in the expropriations, had aroused less interest than expected among potential investors interested in them. That is why he has frozen the plans of his predecessor in charge, Íñigo de la Serna.
While waiting to see if the conditions for a potential new privatization improve, the State has now proposed to increase its traffic. For this, it will reduce the price of its tolls by 30% from next January 15 and will allow free circulation on its roads between midnight and six in the morning. The highways benefited by this decision are the R-3 (Madrid-Arganda del Rey); R-5 (Madrid-Navalcarnero); R-2 (Madrid-Guadalajara); R-4 (Madrid-Ocaña); M-12 (Airport axis of Barajas); AP-7 (Circunvalación de Alicante); AP-7 (Cartagena-Vera), and AP-36 (Ocaña-La Roda). The highway will soon be added to these roads AP-41, which connects Madrid with Toledo. As this route has not yet reverted to the State after its bankruptcy, the new discounted rates and the gratuity will be applied once it is managed by the Administration.