Seven million journeys predicted for holiday
12 August 2005, MADRID – Spain's traffic centre on Friday predicted that the weekend would be one of the busiest of the year on the country's roads, with an estimated seven million journeys being made.
12 August 2005
MADRID – Spain's traffic centre on Friday predicted that the weekend would be one of the busiest of the year on the country's roads, with an estimated seven million journeys being made.
The weekend includes a bank holiday Monday and falls during the peak holiday season.
The General Traffic Management, DGT, said as well as usual weekend commuting, there would be a high number of Spanish holidaymakers on the roads and other nationalities crossing Spain on the way to other countries.
DGT said it was mounting a special operation to try to cut the number of traffic jams and bring down the death toll of traffic accidents suffered on busy weekends. Last year at the same time, 38 people died on the roads.
This year, the Guardia Civil is putting 400 officers on the roads, using 800 cameras and 18 helicopters.
The force reminded drivers this will be the first weekend since the introduction of the new traffic law which increased the severity of several driving offences and the fines that can be given.
DGT is planning to open up an extra 500km of extra carriageways on the busiest roads, mainly on the exit roads around Madrid.
However, the DGT stressed that it was still a good idea for drivers planning to use the A-3 and A-4 to use alternative routes.
Those headed to Valencia, Alicante or Murcia could use the N301 at La Roda or the A31 at Albacete, followed by the A30 to Murcia, the A31 to Alicante or the A35 to Valencia.
An alternative route to the stretch between Madrid, Alicante and Murcia would be the use of the A42 up to kilometre 77 and by motorway CM-42 to Mora, followed by the CM-400 to Madridejos, Alcazar de San Juan, Tomelloso, Sotuelamos and the N430 to Munera where the CM313 can be picked up.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news