Social cost of accidents high on A-7 Malaga motorway

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A STRETCH of the A-7 dual carriageway in Malaga is one of the most costly in Spain due to the number of accidents. The stretch between Torremolinos and the link to the A-45, costs an average €390,000 per kilometre, according to a study by the Catalan Automobile Club regarding the social cost of accidents in Spain.

The social cost refers to the cost of paramedics, doctors, rehabilitation, repairs, etc, and is estimated at €1.4 million per person killed and €219,000 per person injured. These amounts are compared with the quantity invested on each stretch.

The study reports that the Ministry of Public Works has reduced the amount spent on maintaining the roads by 38 per cent since 2009, to just €31,662 per kilometre. The social cost of accidents on the Spanish network of motorways and main roads is €64,182 per kilometre.

The study, which applies the criteria of cost and benefit to calculate the cost of accidents, concludes that if the amount spent on maintaining the roads was doubled, the number of accidents could be reduced by 20 per cent.

The study analysed 1,350 stretches of roads totaling 25,835 kilometres and used by 52 per cent of traffic, on which in the past three years there have been 3,342 people killed and injured in accidents. The worst stretch is the V-31 between Silla and the link to the CV-42 in Valencia.

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