Trànsit appeals to the “maximum prudence” on the roads for Easter

This Friday at 3:00 p.m. begins the output operation from Holy Week on Catalonia and the director of Catalan Transit Service (SCT), Ramon Lamielhas appealed to the “utmost caution” in the roads because a density of commuting like the one before pandemic. The start of the first phase coincides with the beginning of the school and university holidays: this Friday it will mobilize some 490,000 vehicles from the Barcelona metropolitan areawhile the DGT forecasts 3.7 million journeys throughout the country.

Key hours of the first phase

The operation from this first phase will end tomorrow, Saturday, at 3:00 p.m. The time zone with the highest volume of traffic will be this Friday, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and tomorrow, Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

As for the return, Trànsit expects it to last from 12 noon to 12 midnight on Sunday, April 10, although the hours with the highest traffic volume will be from 6 to 9 p.m. The first return operation will mobilize a total of 245,000 vehicles.

The routes where withholdings can be registered during the departure operation from this Friday to Saturday are the AP-7the C-16the C-17the C-65the C-31the N-340 and the N-145. As for the return on Sunday, these routes will be joined by the C-33the A-2 and the C-55.

In addition, it is necessary to take into account the sections affected by works that may see reduced road capacity or have narrower lanes and where it is necessary to drive with caution.

Decompression of the pandemic and the liberation of tolls

Lamiel has asked for “extreme caution” on the road and insists on “not letting our guard down at any time” during the driving to avoid claims. “We can live an Easter of great mobility. On the one hand, due to the decompression effect of the pandemic and, on the other, due to the increase in mobility that we are registering on the highways due to the release of tolls“, has underlined the owner of Trànsit.

“We call for everyone’s responsibility, we work together to achieve a Holy Week without fatalities & rdquor ;, the person in charge has requested.

37 road fatalities

This 2022, there are already 37 people killed by accidents on Catalan roads, when in the same period of 2021 22 died and, in the case of 2019, 39. Of this total of deathly victimsone third (37%) belong to vulnerable groups: 5 were motorcyclists, 2 cyclists and 7 pedestrians.

In this sense, the SCT recalls the importance of using passive safety systems: do not manipulate the mobile phone or other electronic devices to avoid distractions, respect speed limits, and do not combine alcohol or other drugs with driving.

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In addition, it is necessary to insist on the need to check the vehicle before hitting the road, since with good maintenance incidents during circulation are avoided.

mountain and beach

The special Easter operation not only coincides with the beginning of the school and university holidays, but is already outside the restrictions of postcovid mobility and with the release of tolls. This means that a significant thickness of leisure mobility is expected that will be directed both towards mountain destinations, given that the ski resorts Catalans plan to keep their facilities open until April 18, as well as towards the beach, towards the Costa Brava and the Gold Coast.

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