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Monday, 23 August 2010

AP7 Cartagena-Vera records increase in traffic this year

Traffic volumes on the Cartagena-Vera extension of the AP7 motorway seem to have recovered a little from the trough experienced last year, even although it is difficult to compare the figures directly because the figures given then and now relate to differrent, but overlapping, time-periods in the two years.

In the first 5 months of 2010 the average traffic volume is given as having risen 9 per cent to 2,857 vehicles per day (implying that the figure for the equivalent period in 2009 would have been 2,621 vehicles per day). In the figures from last year (referred to in my earlier post - second link above), taken from a report at the time here, it was mentioned that in the second quarter of 2009 (i.e. April-June 2009) traffic volumes were only 2,063 vehicles a day, implying that the figures for the second quarter of 2010 (which are unfortunately not given) are probably even more encouraging. Perhaps the fact that the toll fees for 2010 have been held at the same rates as 2009, instead of having the annual increases which had been imposed in earlier years, has helped too. In any case if these figures are maintained and improved upon in coming months then the operator Aucosta (Costa Cálida Concesionaria Española Autopistas S.A) will undoubtedly be relieved that the corner has perhaps been turned at last.

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