Motorway tolls to go up 2.1% in January

Brisa motorway concession insists many tolls “will remain unchanged”

Motorway tolls on highways managed by Brisa will increase by 2.1% from January 1, the company has said in a statement.

“The Brisa Concession informs that on 1 January 2024, the new toll tariffs on its network will come into force (…) in this sense, and in accordance with the mechanisms provided for in the applicable legislation, toll tariffs will be updated by 2.1% in 2024”.

Brisa recalls that “as stipulated in the concession contract, this increase is based on the year-on-year inflation rate, and the additional 0.1 % provided for in Decree-Law 87-A/2022, which limited the update of tolls in 2023 under the terms of the concession contracts”.

According to Brisa, despite the increase, “there are cases of toll rates that show a lower than average variation or even zero, and in other cases, toll rates show a higher than average variation because they have not been updated in previous years”.

“Only 33 of the 93 toll rates applied to Class 1 vehicles will be increased”, and “of the total tolls applicable on the Brisa Autoestradas network, 40% will remain unchanged in 2024 compared to 2023″.

At the same time, 65% of the Class 1 tolls will maintain their 2023 values.

The company gave several examples, with the price of a journey between Lisbon and Porto increasing by 0.45 cents and between Lisbon and the Algarve by 0.30 cents for class 1.

Among the routes where prices remain unchanged are the Lisbon-Cascais and  Ermesinde-Valongo motorway stretches.

Brisa also says it plans to “invest €61.8 million in the maintenance of its network”, with “main works to be carried out in the New Year covering motorways throughout the country, namely the A1, A2, A3, A5, A9 and A12”.

“On the A3 and A4, both in the north, work will be done to improve mobility at toll barriers and junctions,” and in the Alentejo, buildings will be remodelled in service areas on the A6”.

Reports a little over a month ago pointed to the increase in motorway tolls likely to be around 1.94% in 2024 . in line with the year-on-year inflation figure without housing, recorded in October and released by National Statistics Institute INE.

Last year, the year-on-year increase, excluding housing, on the mainland exceeded 10%, a figure that led the government to negotiate a solution with concession holders that resulted in a tolls increase of 4.9% in 2023. The solution allowed for concession holders to increase the value of tolls by another 0.1% for the following four years.

Source material: LUSA