Spain grinds to a halt as Easter getaway begins
23 March 2005, MADRID-As Spain started its traditional Easter getaway, authorities reported huge traffic jams building up on major routes.
23 March 2005
MADRID-As Spain started its traditional Easter getaway, authorities reported huge traffic jams building up on major routes.
The General Traffic Authority said it had already started a special operation to try to stop Spain turning into gridlock.
They said they expected motorists to make 12 million journeys over the Easter break.
Amid this background, Guardia Civil are staging a ‘go slow’ in protest at pay and conditions, refusing to impose all the fines which they are supposed to enforce.
And a special operation was underway with ‘camouflaged’ police cars, without markings employed to catch speeding or drunken drivers.
Major traffic jams were already starting on one of the main roads out of Madrid to Coruna, in Galicia, in western Spain.
There were already delays for up to 20km near Collado Villalba.
Other delays were starting to build up on the AP-6 road in Segovia, near El Espinar.
On the Valencia road there were hold-ups near Fuentidueña de Tajo and near Madrid.
In Andalucia, on the M-40 road, there were long delays, particularly heading towards Extremadura at Móstoles.
Other hold ups were reported in Toledo, near Cazalegas, where an accident had made traffic grind to a standstill.
In the Barcelona area, the worst problems were on the AP-7 where there were long delays.
Elsewhere, traffic authorities reported delays on the N-332, in Torrevieja, in Alicante province and on the A-7 in Marbella.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news