Costa mayors support the lifting of AP-7 road toll when A-7 is congested

A traffic jam on the A-7.
A traffic jam on the A-7. / SUR
  • Mayors of Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella and Estepona show their support for the petition which has raised this issue along the coast

A petition devised by a group of Costa del Sol residents that appeals for the AP-7 road toll to be lifted when the alternative A-7 is congested, which has gathered approximately 1,500 signatures in under two weeks, is now being backed by local mayors.

The petition is accompanied by a letter to the central government's ministry of development and public works. The letter states that lifting the AP-7 barriers when the A-7 has large tailbacks would improve road safety and prevent drivers being heavily inconvenienced, at a "minor expense for the state coffers."

Last Friday, in a debate held at Marbella town hall, local mayors and councillors endorsed the residents' cause. José Bernal, mayor of Marbella, stated that this would be a "logical" change. The mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, has also demonstrated his support by putting the issue forward in parliament, requesting a general decrease in the AP-7 road toll, regardless of how congested the A-7 is. For Costa del Sol residents this is hopefully the first step on the path to the complete elimination of the AP-7 road toll.

The approach to the Arroyo de la Miel turn off at Km 222 is another black spot that causes long tailbacks on the A7. Work to improve the access has been promised but never started despite it being one of the projects backed during the electoral campaign in 2011 by Mariano Rajoy.

In September 2015, MPs Celia Villalobos and Carolina España, along with the then mayor, Paloma García Gálvez, announced that works would begin before the start of 2016. In June last year Elias Bendodo, president of the Junta de Andalucía, assured that the remodelling would start in autumn and would take "less than two years."

However the project still remains on the drawing board with no clear date for work to begin.