A motion against new tolls on highways and dual carriageways is approved in 2024

Martorell toll. AP-7 Highway

The City Council will ask the Spanish government not to consider the introduction of new tolls on motorways and dual carriageways from 2024. It does so with a motion that also rejects an increase in the road tax and that challenges the executive to find alternatives to finance the maintenance of the tracks. At the same time, the “urgent completion” of three works “key to the well-being of Martorell” is demanded: the connection of the A2 with the AP7 in Castellbisbal, the B40 between Olesa and Terrassa, and the Mediterranean Corridor.

Various media outlets have echoed in recent weeks a possible return of the toll system to motorways and an implementation on motorways from 2024, once liberalized by concessionaires. These sources point out that the measure could be the solution agreed with the European Commission to finance the high cost of conservation and maintenance of these roads and alleviate the current deficit of the road network, of about 10 billion, according to the employer Seopan.

The Councilor for Citizen Security, Mobility and Communication, Lluís Sagarra, denounced in the Plenary Session on Monday that “Catalans always have all the numbers to pay, and we know a lot about tolls, and now that in September we will stop paying les, another threat comes to us. On the other hand, there are very few motorways in Catalonia, and many of them are stopped. We will end up paying for the motorways that we have already paid for a few times, that’s enough ”.

Lluís Sagarra, regidor de Seguretat Ciutadana, Mobilitat i Comunicació

The text of the motion also exposes the possibility that the Spanish government will increase the road tax. “These are taxes that do not fall on the richest, but on all citizens and especially on workers who need to travel to their jobs on Spanish roads,” said the spokesman for Citizens, Juan José Pérez.

Juan José Pérez, portaveu de C's

Together for Martorell and C’s were the proponents of the motion, while the other three political forces abstained. Lluís Tomás (PSC) argued that “all infrastructure needs maintenance for the quality and safety of the service” and that although “the government has doubled the conservation items”, tolls finance the maintenance of motorways and it is necessary to find financing formulas but in a fair and equitable way: that those who use them pay for them in the case of motorways, not on motorways ”.

Lluís Tomás, portaveu del PSC

Regarding Movem, Councilor Laura Ruiz was skeptical of the increase in the road tax: “This tax will not be applied and no official statement has been made along the lines that can be applied. “We are opening a non-existent debate,” he said. Ruiz added that, in order to pay for the maintenance of the roads, “great fortunes must be taxed”.

Laura Ruiz, portaveu de Movem Martorell

ERC spokesman, Víctor de León, admitted that “if we want to maintain public infrastructures, it must go through maintenance”, and called for the implementation of the European vignette, which the Generalitat is clear it wants to apply, and which is a flat rate that would make it possible to end inequalities with those who, for work or geographical reasons, are forced to take toll motorways on a daily basis ”.

Víctor de León, portaveu d'ERC

Claim for the completion of pending infrastructure for years

At the same time, the motion calls on the state to “urgently complete” three works that are key to the well-being and competitiveness of Martorell and the region. The connection of the A2 with the AP7 in Castellbisbal, the B40 between Olesa and Terrassa, and the Mediterranean Corridor, pointed out the councilor Lluís Sagarra.

Lluís Sagarra, regidor de Seguretat Ciutadana, Mobilitat i Comunicació

The link between the AP7 and the A2 to El Papiol is a 2.4-kilometer-long road – including a 850-meter stretch over a viaduct – which should allow drivers to save 12 kilometers of road distance to Molins de Rei as an alternative to the payment route for the current Martorell toll, works that began fourteen years ago.

He also advocates the completion of the connection works between Olesa de Montserrat and Terrassa, one of the sections of the future B-40 -also known as’ the fourth belt’- that will connect Vilanova i la Geltrú with Mataró through six counties and without having to go through Barcelona.

The third claim refers to the Mediterranean Corridor, a railway line infrastructure that must connect the entire peninsular Mediterranean coast, from Algeciras to France, to connect with the European Mediterranean corridor. It is an infrastructure claimed for decades by the Andalusian, Murcian, Valencian and Catalan governments.


Source: Web de notícies de l'Ajuntament de Martorell by martorelldigital.cat.

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