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·  June 11th, 2010 , Barcelona

abertis autopistas reinforces its information and traveller assistance systems to allow for holiday traffic crossing the Strait of Gibraltar this year

This unit, in which abertis autopistas has participated for the last ten years, has been set up from 5 June to 15 September. Its aim is to ease and improve the flow of traffic on the AP-7 tollroad at a time when thousands of vehicles from all over Europe head to the south of the peninsula to cross the Strait.

In coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, the Directorate General for Traffic and the Red Cross, abertis autopistas has adopted a series of measures designed to reinforce all the information and traveller assistance systems on the AP-7 from La Jonquera (Girona) to Alicante. It also aims to improve safety levels on this major road.


For the tenth year running, abertis autopistas is collaborating with the State authorities and the Red Cross to ease the holiday traffic crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. This year the measures adopted will be introduced earlier than usual, on 5 June, because of the celebration of Ramadan and will be maintained until 15 September. According to figures from the Directorate General for Civil Protection and Emergencies of the Ministry of the Interior, almost 2.5 million passengers and 650,000 vehicles are expected to cross the Strait in the summer. In order to ease traffic and increase the flow of vehicles from all over Europe heading towards the south of the peninsula, abertis autopistas has set up a unit on the AP-7 tollroad from La Jonquera (Girona) to Alicante to reinforce all the information and traveller assistance systems. It also aims to improve safety on this major road, the main Mediterranean corridor.

User information and services

The measures included in this unit thus include putting up information signs in Arabic and handing out maps to travellers in French and Arabic, which include details of the location of medical staff, petrol stations, emergency telephones, service areas and information on access to destination ports.

At some service areas on the AP-7 tollroad, between La Jonquera and Alicante, travellers will also have access to a team of medical staff and intercultural mediators who speak French and Arabic.

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