April 2th, 2002 , Barcelona
Poor weather affects 2002 Easter Holiday traffic
SOME 325,000 VEHICLES USED ACESA’S MOTORWAYS OVER THE EASTER HOLIDAYS
The unusual weather over the Easter Week affected the departure and return of holidaymakers this year, as can be seen from the information on traffic on the motorways managed by Acesa. The cold and rain of the opening days of the holidays caused a significant drop in traffic on Friday 29 March, which saw a fall of 15.8% in comparison with the previous year.
Holidaymakers returned to Barcelona gradually, beginning on Sunday afternoon, although weather conditions lengthened the return process until late at night on Easter Monday, which witnessed a significant volume of traffic at 9.00 p.m. throughout the A-7 corridor.
During the return period on 1 April, the highest traffic intensity was recorded between 1.00 and 2.00 p.m. at Roca Sur and Martorell Norte, with flows of around 5,800 vehicles per hour.
According to provisional Acesa figures, in the period from 22 March to 1 April, motorway traffic increased by 1.3% and the total number of vehicles stood at some 325,000.
Acesa regards as a success the special measures implemented by the Catalan Traffic Service during the period in which drivers returned home from the 2002 Easter holidays, with additional lanes from Salou and from Sant Celoni to Barcelona during the return period, which permitted a reduction in the difficulties caused by high traffic levels.