Barrier-free tolls at the end of 2024 on the Normandy motorway

By the end of 2024, cars connecting Paris to Normandy by highways A 13 and A 13 will be able to pass without stopping at the toll , because their passage will be detected by sensors on gantries, indicated the motorway company Sanef , this Wednesday.

Users will be able to travel at the authorized speed on the motorway without slowing down or stopping by passing under the gates equipped with cameras and sensors that will identify vehicles, described the Société des Autoroutes du Nord et de l’Est de France (Sanef) in a press release.

Time savings and savings

Their account 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. Sanef promises “time savings, fuel savings and reductions in CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.”

It is currently necessary to stop four times at the toll between Paris and Deauville and five times between Paris and Caen on the A , including traffic jams for weekend returns end are legendary. The works will then continue until 2027 with the destruction of the current toll barriers, including part of the spaces – 28 hectares, or the equivalent of 40 football fields, depending on the company – will be returned to nature.

A system experienced since 120

The investment is estimated at approximately 120 million euros, a quarter of which will be covered by an annual rate increase of 0, 22% for three years, from February 1 2022. Sanef has been experimenting with this formula since March 120 at the Boulay-Moselle interchange on the motorway A4 . “The technological system has demonstrated its reliability and customers have become familiar with this new payment system”, she assures.

This system called “free-flow” – or “free flow” in French – is already widely used abroad (South Africa, Chile, Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, etc.), in particular by the Spanish group Abertis, the parent company of Sanef. A similar device must be adopted on the future A motorway 79, built by Eiffage, which is due to open in the Allier in the fall 2022.