9.6 million road trips expected for the second phase of Easter traffic operation

by Lorraine Williamson
Easter traffic

As Easter approaches, millions of Spaniards are gearing up for road trips, making it one of the busiest periods on the country’s motorways. The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has released information detailing the expected traffic flow and measures being implemented to ensure smooth travel during this time.

The second phase of the Special Easter Operation initiated by the DGT commenced today, Wednesday, at 3.00 pm. It aims to manage the surge in road journeys anticipated during the peak Easter days. This phase is particularly significant as it foresees approximately 9.6 million road trips until midnight on Monday, April 1. This is a public holiday in seven autonomous communities. This includes Baleares, Cantabria, Cataluña, País Vasco, La Rioja, Comunidad Valenciana, and Navarra.

Responsible driving

The DGT emphasises that safety remains paramount, especially considering the tragic toll already witnessed on the roads. Since the commencement of the Easter Operation last Friday, 13 fatalities have occurred. Therefore, the DGT reiterates its plea for responsible driving: zero alcohol consumption, adherence to speed limits, regular breaks every two hours or 200 kilometres, and wearing seat belts. These are fundamental precautions that all drivers should observe.

Traffic forecasts indicate that major congestion will primarily occur during two critical periods: Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. The traffic will be densest around exits from major cities, extending into the coastal regions and popular holiday destinations. To alleviate congestion, alternative routes have been devised to divert traffic away from the central areas of the Peninsula. These areas typically experience the highest traffic concentration during this period.

Intensified surveillance

Particular attention is being paid to short journeys and secondary roads, where surveillance will be intensified. Increased checks for alcohol and drug consumption, adherence to speed limits, and other safety measures will be conducted to ensure compliance with traffic regulations.

Cogesa Expats

Throughout the second phase of the operation, traffic will be heaviest as people journey from urban centres to coastal resorts, second homes, towns hosting traditional religious events, or mountain tourist spots. Commuters can expect significant traffic volumes, especially during peak hours.

Traffic flow

The DGT has outlined specific traffic flow expectations for each day of the Easter period, detailing potential congestion points and travel patterns. Measures such as lane reversal, temporary suspension of roadworks, and restrictions on certain types of vehicles aim to enhance traffic fluidity and safety.

Additionally, stringent enforcement measures will be in place, including the deployment of speed cameras, helicopters, drones, and increased patrols by the Guardia Civil’s Traffic Division. These efforts are designed to ensure compliance with traffic regulations and enhance overall road safety.

In conclusion, as Spaniards embark on their Easter journeys, it is imperative to prioritise safety and adhere to traffic regulations. By driving responsibly and remaining vigilant, individuals can contribute to a safer and more enjoyable holiday period for all road users. Remember, driving is not just an individual act but a shared responsibility with profound implications for everyone on the road. Stay informed about traffic conditions through official channels such as the DGT’s website, social media accounts, and designated helplines.

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