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Local Socialists call for action over 'abusive' AP-7 motorway toll charges

PSOE representatives by the AP-7 toll plaza in Manilva this week.
PSOE representatives by the AP-7 toll plaza in Manilva this week. / C. M.
  • Residents in Estepona, Casares and Manilva can spend up to 400 euros a month each in summer to use the Autopista de la Costa del Sol

The local PSOE Socialist party has this week called on central government to do something about the “abusive” toll charges on the AP-7 motorway that runs through Estepona, Manilva and Casares.

José Antonio González and Eva Rodríguez, PSOE members of the Diputación provincial council, pointed out that legally the toll rate paid has to be reduced when traffic levels go up, “something that doesn’t happen on the Costa del Sol, where the toll on the AP-7 increases by 65 per cent [in summer] in these three areas, as well as in Marbella.”

By way of example, they explained that a Manilva resident has to spend 28 euros a day on a return trip towards Malaga, adding up to well over 400 euros a month expenditure. This stretch of the AP-7 is the most expensive on the motorway’s whole route from the French border, they claim.

The Socialist representatives are proposing that either discounts for frequent use are increased or the tolls are removed when the alternative toll-free coastal A-7 motorway becomes congested as it often does in summer.