The new outer ring road now absorbs 30 per cent of the traffic around the city, with an average of 25,000 vehicles a day
A full month has gone by since the Malaga outer ring road and the Las Pedrizas toll motorway opened to traffic and a look at the statistics gives way to a positive overview.
Motorists’ associations argue that the better the road infrastructure the greater road safety, and in Malaga this appears to be the case. So far the outer ring road, known as the ‘hiperronda’, has seen no fatal accidents and only one collision of importance, on November 21st, when one man was injured. If we compare the months of November in 2010 and 2011 the death toll on the roads in the province of Malaga as a whole has gone down from ten to two.
While some drivers have yet to discover the benefits of taking the outer ring road instead of the usual bypass the new infrastructure is already absorbing a third of the traffic that would otherwise be on the old Ronda Oeste. According to a study carried out between November 7th and 20th, the new road between La Virreina and Torremolinos is used by a daily average of 25,000 vehicles, with peaks of 35,000 on Fridays.
Las Pedrizas toll road
Similarly the new toll motorway (AP-46) that links the outer ring road with Las Pedrizas can report a positive first month. With an average of ten thousand vehicles every day, the new road has taken around 30 per cent of traffic from the old A-45, which is now used by an average of 35,000 vehicles a day.
The firm responsible for the running of the toll motorway, Guadalcesa, stressed that so far there have been no serious accidents to report. The toll motorway is used most at weekends when the volume of traffic increases by as much as 40 per cent. This augurs well for user figures for next week’s public holidays and the Christmas period.
“Users are still not familiar with the new option”, said a Guadalcesa representative.