TRAFFIC on Spain’s toll roads has fallen by 35% since the onset of the recession.
The drop has outstripped that of GDP over the same period according to Abertis, the infrastructure company which operates more than half of the country’s toll roads.
In 2013 alone, there has been a 9% fall in vehicles using the country’s toll roads.
Abertis, whose portfolio includes the AP-7 between Sevilla and Cadiz, attributes the decline to ongoing economic woe, adverse weather conditions at the start of the year, and the removal of the 7% toll subsidy which applied until September 2012.
The group said it was difficult to predict whether or not there would be an uptick in the final months of the year.
It remained optimistic, particularly as there has been an increase in the number of lorries and haulage vehicles using the roads over the past month.