Motorway: Sanef will remove toll barriers to Normandy

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

Pass a toll at 120 km / h, without stopping or even slowing down: the Société des autoroutes du nord et de l’Est de la France ( Sanef) on Wednesday endorsed a shift that could satisfy a number of motorists who do not have subscriber badges. From the end of 2024, the concessionaire will equip the A highways and A 13, those which connect Paris to Normandy, tolls without barriers.

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.

Increase in annual rates

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 2 emissions in the atmosphere” … More prosaically , the operator should also reduce its equipment and maintenance costs.

The investment is estimated at around 58 million euros, a quarter of which will be covered by an annual price increase of 0, 22% for three years, from 1 st February 2022. The works will then continue until 2027 with the destruction of the current toll barriers, including part of the spaces – 28 hectares, equivalent to 28 football fields, according to the company – will be returned to nature.