The tolls will increase during the coming years (photo illustration). ( AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUE )
The “price freeze” advocated in 2014 by Ségolène Royal seems to be far away. After having obtained a status quo in 2015, the rates of tolls are rising again in 2016 (+1.12% in average), and this trend will continue into 2017, with an increase estimated by 0.76% on average. The palm of the increase will return to the network AuASF, where the increase will reach 1,197% next year.
An increase by more than those provided on the network APRR, managed by Eiffage and Macquarie on the axis Rhin-Rhône (+0,896%) and the Rhone-Alps (+0,926%). The price of highway companies Sanef and SAPN (group Abertis), located in the North-West of France, will raise him to 0,582%. The network of the société Cofiroute, in the centre west of France, will the increase was more moderate (+0,572%), according to the JDD, which does not identify the source of its information.
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The increase will take effect from 1st February, says the journal. The change in the price of tolls involves various components, such as the level of inflation (zero at present), the increase of the concession fee – paid by the concessionaires to the State, to which shall be added the amount of work carried out at the request of the State, but not enrolled in the contract of dealers.
In 2015, the tolls have reported $ 11.2 billion in revenue. The amount in 2016 will probably be higher, given the evolution of the traffic and tariff increases which have taken this year.
In September, the government announced a second stimulus package freeway one billion euros. He preferred to finance this plan by the community and by the users, through tolls, rather than to extend the duration of contracts of concessions of the motorway companies. The increase in tolls will be “between 0.3% and 0.4% per year between 2018 and 2020,” already-and-already warned the secretary of State responsible for Transport, Alain Vidalies.
There had only been two months between the announcement of a second plan by president François Hollande in July and placed on the rails at the back. As A comparison, the first plan, signed in September 2015 had been negotiated during more than three years. A long gestation, in part, related to the choice of a prolongation of concessions, the two and a half years on average for 3.2 billion euros of investments.