End of the road

Tax payer to bail out bankrupt Vera-Cartagena toll motorway operator

The AP-7 has been branded a 'ghost road' as few drivers ever use it

By Richard Torné

Eight loss-making toll roads across the country – including the AP-7 Vera-Cartagena motorway – are to be nationalised, the Government has announced.

The tax payer will be expected to foot the €5 billion bill for taking over the privately-run operators, including Aucosta, which runs the Vera-Cartagena road and is saddled with a €550 million debt.

Following more than two years of horse trading between the government, the toll road operators and the banks (which at one point were owed €3.4 billion), public works minister Iñigo de la Serna said he would be reviving a 2014 rescue plan under which half the debt owed by the operators would be written off and a wholly state-owned company created to run the roads.

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