Huge tailbacks around Spain’s Madrid and Sevilla as police intensify controls to stop second homeowners heading off to the coast for the holiday weekend

Huge tailbacks around Spain’s capital Madrid and Sevilla as police step up surveillance to stop weekend travel to the coast.

Millions of Spaniards should currently be making their way to holiday homes to enjoy a long weekend on the eve of May 1, Labour Day and a national holiday across the country.

But State of Alarm and movement restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus have put a stop to all of that, and similar to the Easter holidays, the public is being urged to stay at home.

There are currently fixed roadblocks around Madrid and Sevilla preventing travel to second homes and causing lengthy delays.

Since early afternoon, there have been tailbacks on the A-3 at Madrid and the A-4, A-49 and the A-92 in Sevilla.

The DGT has stressed that this is not because there has been a surge of motorists taking to the roads, but due to the increase in controls.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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