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Algarve still in limbo over tolls on A22

As the new Government prepares to take power, the Algarve waits for a decision about the introduction of tolls on the A22 road (Via do Infante).

Left-wing politician João Vasconcelos, who set up the Comissão de Utentes da A22 (users’ commission) against the introduction of tolls in the region, told the Algarve Resident: “We had a meeting on June 14 where we defined the strategies to be adopted in the future.

“However, we are expecting the new government to make a decision on the future of tolls in the region,” he added.

João Vasconcelos said that Comissão de Utentes da A22 members have already prepared an injunction to present in court in case the new Government decides to go ahead with the measure.

He also said he wants to have a meeting with all the Algarve MPs elected for the new Government.

“We hope to arrange this for the end of June to discuss the tolls and to get everyone’s opinion.

“The redevelopment of the EN125, as the Government proposed, is still not completed and it is not an alternative to the A22 ‘road’, as I mentioned numerous times before.”

He added: “The introduction of tolls in the Algarve represents a threat to the economy of the region, which is already weakened by the country’s economic crisis.”

Faro Civil Governor Carlos Silva Gomes told the Algarve Resident: “The introduction of tolls on the A22 road was suspended because of the resignation of José Sócrates’ former Government.

“The new Government will decide on that issue soon.”

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