Motorway: Sanef will remove toll barriers to Normandy

Posted on Dec. 2021 at 18:55Updated 22 Dec. 2021 at 18:58

Pass a toll at 130 km / h, without stopping or even slowing down: the Société des autoroutes du nord et de l’Est de la France (Sanef) on Wednesday approved a bend that could satisfy a certain number of motorists who do not have no subscriber badges. From the end of 2024, the concessionaire will equip the A13 and A14 motorways, those which link Paris to Normandy, with barrier-free tolls.

This system called “free-flow” – or “free flow” in French – is already widely used abroad, in particular by the Spanish group Abertis, the parent company of Sanef. Rather than barriers, the passage of cars is identified by sensors and cameras attached to gantries.

Annual rate increase

Motorists’ accounts will be automatically debited if they subscribe to electronic toll payment. If they are not, they can either register their license plate on the Sanef website or application, or pay after their passage by phone, online or at a physical terminal.

Enough to relieve congestion on this axis known for its legendary traffic jams on weekend returns. Sanef promises “time savings, fuel savings and reductions in CO emissions2 in the atmosphere ”… More prosaically, the operator should also reduce his equipment and maintenance costs.

The investment is valued at around 120 million euros, a quarter of which will be covered by an annual tariff increase of 0.22% for three years, from 1er February 2022. The work will then continue until 2027 with the destruction of the current toll barriers, part of which – 28 hectares, or the equivalent of 40 football fields, according to the company – will be returned to nature.

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