Malaga – Costa del Sol | The A-7 road, which stretches along the Costa del Sol, is voted the third worst in Spain by motorists

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The busy A7 section of Marbella. / josele

In the survey – carried out by the Consumers and Users Organization – respondents were most concerned about roadworks, traffic density and lack of rest areas

The A-7 road that runs along the Costa del Sol is the third worst rated in Spain by users. The section of the road linking Algeciras to Almeria and which crosses the province of Malaga obtained a score of six, out of a maximum of 10.

In the survey of the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU), only AP8, between Irun and Bilbao, which obtained a score of 5.7, and AP1, between Vitoria and Irun, which obtained a score of 5.8, obtained less good results. The other major axis that crosses the province, the A-45, linking Malaga to Cordoba, obtained a better score of 6.4 points.

OCU data was collected from over 1,200 people across Spain; the average score for all routes was 6.6. Survey respondents were most concerned about road works, heavy traffic and the lack of rest areas.

Respondents were asked to rate the condition of the road surface, lane widths, signage, guardrails, exits and junctions, rest areas, roadworks and traffic. In addition, they had to give an overall satisfaction rating. Scores ranged from 5.7 points for the AP8 section from Bilbao to Irun, to 7.1 for the AP7 on the La Junquera – Alicante route.

Generally speaking, one user in five is dissatisfied with the state of local and provincial roads. For drivers, the ease of sharing roads with other users (pedestrians, cyclists or scooters) was the most important factor in giving a positive score.

Respondents who are satisfied (24%) outnumber those who are not satisfied (19%), but 57% of those consulted remained neutral. Signage received just 5.6 points and is an area authorities should look to improve according to the OCU.

At the local level, the overall level of satisfaction is very similar to that of the provincial roads.

The OCU said “much more needs to be done” to improve the relationship between cars, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and personal mobility vehicles, such as scooters.

“Improving the design of cycle paths is one of them, but also launching public awareness campaigns and monitoring compliance with the rules. Traffic flow, with annoying traffic jams, and road conditions are other areas to improve,” they said.

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