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·  August 22th, 2002 , Barcelona

Acesa reinforces all its services for the return from the holidays

TRAFFIC IS FORECAST TO INCREASE BY 5% IN THIS PERIOD
Acesa is reinforcing all its services to meet the increased traffic levels expected over the coming days, as people return from their holidays using the routes managed by the operator. Overall, Average Daily Traffic (ADT) of more than 54,000 is expected to be recorded on Acesa’s motorways, a figure which represents growth of approximately 5% over the same period last year.

Highest traffic levels are expected on 23, 24 and 25 August, when the Martorell and el Vendrell toll stations are forecast to see ADT of more than 90,000 and 61,000 vehicles, respectively, on the basis of the outward traffic recorded on Acesa motorways at the start of the holiday period.

On the A-7, the section between the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona is expected to see ADT exceeding 85,000 vehicles, a figure which implies growth of slightly more than 7% in comparison with the end of the holiday period last year. On the Montmeló - el Papiol section, forecasts are for ADT of more than 87,000 vehicles, an increase of more than 1.5% over the ADT recorded at the end of the 2001 holiday season. On the Barcelona – la Jonquera section, ADT of 64,000 vehicles is expected, an estimated increase of 6%. On the Maresme motorway (the C-32), an approximate ADT of 57,000 vehicles is expected, a 1% increase over last year. Finally, on the A-2, the forecast is for an ADT of 28,000 vehicles, a 4% rise.

To deal with this increased use of its motorways, Acesa has bolstered all its facilities and increase the number of staff in both toll stations and maintenance areas. The company has also increased its range of user services, with new real-time information channels covering the actual traffic situation on the routes it manages. During the summer, and particularly at the beginning and end of the August holidays, Acesa reinforces all its road conditions and security services and has added 400 extra staff to meet the increased traffic conditions experienced in this period.

The Red Cross

The Red Cross motorway-based medical attention points are also ready and waiting to respond to the needs of occupants of vehicles using Acesa’s motorway network. Additionally, over the summer months, these attention points, which are located at the la Selva, l’Empordà, el Penedès, Pina de Ebro and Lleida service areas, offer an interpretation service for North African citizens.

Real-time information on traffic can be found using the following services:

The Teléfono Azul hotline (902 20 03 20), which entered service at the end of 2000, has, over the course of this year, reconfirmed its position as an efficient, round-the-clock information service for all users of Acesa’s road network.

Ona Pista, the radio service which offers information on all Acesa’s motorways and the remainder of Catalonia’s road network. The relevant frequencies are indicated along the motorways and their principal access points. The station’s music-based programming is adapted to user requirements for information on traffic and other mobility-linked services. It also broadcasts news flashes in English and French, depending upon the traffic entering Catalonia via la Jonquera.

The web site www.autopistas.com is a new portal which has, since May, offered comprehensive information on the road network managed by Acesa: forecasts, real-time traffic updates, services and information to help drivers to plan their trip.

The Infopista Tourist Information Points at the Montseny Sur, Penedès and Lleida Service Areas, which can arrange first night hotel bookings and provide traffic updates and tourist information supplied by Catalonia’s tourist bodies. They are located on the strategic A-7/E-15 axis, the principal entry point for tourists driving to Spain.

This real-time information is integrated into Acesa’s other user assistance and road conditions services, which include:

The RACC’s Road Conditions Service, whose cars and motorcycle perform round-the-clock patrols of the entire motorway network to detect and warn about possible problems affecting driving conditions.

The Red Cross’s Medical Attention Service, with attention points at the el Penedès, l’Empordà, la Selva and Pina de Ebro service areas. Over the summer, these centres are open longer and feature interpreters to assist foreign users.

The Auxiliary Security Service, with six patrols providing a service 24 hours a day. Their task is to forewarn the responsible authorities of potential risks of crimes against property.

All these services are co-ordinated from Acesa’s Operations Centre, which is also in permanent contact with the authorities responsible for managing traffic: the Catalan Traffic Service in Catalonia and the Traffic Directorate General in Aragon.

Restrictions upon heavy good traffic

Acesa would like to remind its users that, coinciding with the end of the holidays in August, the Catalan Traffic Service plans to increase the restrictions on lorries travelling on some routes on 24, 25 and 31 August. The aim of these restrictions is to ensure the free flow of private car traffic.

The A-7 motorway, from la Jonquera to Castellón, will be closed to lorry traffic from 6.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

The A-2 motorway, from Montblanc to the junction with the A-7, Tarragona-bound, will also restrict lorry traffic from 6.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
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