What will increase in our region on February 1st?


It is a ritual that is not very popular with users, but it is important: every February 1st, the tolls of the motorway companies are revised upwards (1).

In 2021, the pill will be a little less bitter: the increase must be 0.44{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} for all motorway network operators, a lower rate than in 2020 (0.8{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}), 2019 (1.9{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}) and 2018 (1.5 {7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}).

Two thirds of the rates at ASF unchanged

In our region, the juggernaut of the sector, Vinci autoroutes, manages in particular the A7, A72 and A89 through the Autoroutes du sud de la France (ASF). Tariffs will increase by 0.43{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} nationally in 2021. 'This is the lowest increase in 20 years,' the company said in February 2015 (0.25{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}). Note that two-thirds of the network tariffs will not change. '

Saint-Etienne-Clermont still at 10.7 euros

If on the Autoroute du Soleil the Condrieu toll for journeys from Lyon to Condrieu is 1 euro (instead of 90 cents), this is in fact the status quo for Lyon / Valence (7.80 €) or even Lyon-Marseille ( 25.2 euros). . With regard to the A72 in the Loire, the journey between Veauchette and Feurs is still 2.4 euros, as is the routes on the A89 between La Tour de Salvagny and Tarare Est (1.80 euros) or La Tour de Salvagny and Balbigny as 'Homework' applies (5.6 euros). Long-distance trips such as Lyon / Clermont (16.3 euros) or Saint-Etienne / Clermont (10.7 euros) also remain unchanged.

Ten cents more for a Lyon-Paris

Two other large companies, APPR (a subsidiary of the Eiffage group) and its subsidiary AREA (Société des Autoroutes Rhône-Alpes) are present in the region. The first pilot manages in particular the A6, the A39, part of the A40 and increases its tariffs by 0.45{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} on February 1st, the second pilot, among other things, the A43 and has opted for an increase of 0.65{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}.

Again, the average increase of 0.45{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} includes compensation for the 2015 tariff freeze (i.e. 0.25{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}) and funding of the Motorway Investment Plan (PIA) signed in 2018 (0.20{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}). For AREA these proportions are 0.26{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} and 0.39{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}, respectively.

To name two extreme examples in terms of distance: the cost of a Lyon-Paris will increase by 10 cents to 35.8 euros, while the journey between Lyon and Saint-Exupéry airport on the A43 / A432 will increase at 2.1 Euro remains.

(1) The administrators of the various networks are bound by a contract with the state, which defines the strict framework for the annual development of the tariffs until the end of the concession. In particular, it stipulates that the increase must not be less than 70{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} of inflation. For the highways that existed before privatization, the increase may allow them to cope with the investments required a posteriori by the state. After the price freeze, which the then Environment Minister Ségolène Royal had requested in 2015, the concessionaires negotiated a catch-up process with the state, which was spread between 2019 and 2023.

20{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} less traffic

The two restrictions necessarily had ramifications for road traffic, particularly the first, which saw much of France stationary for more than two months. If the Vinci Autoroutes figures for 2020 have not yet been communicated (in the first 9 months of the year the group reported that the traffic on their network had decreased by 21.2{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}), these are the figures of the Autoroutes Paris Rhin Rhône ( APPR), number 2 In the industry in France, acknowledge the impact of this year like no other. The subsidiary of the Eiffage Group has therefore published its toll revenue for 2020 this week: It amounts to 2.1 billion euros compared to 2.534 billion euros in 2019, which corresponds to a decrease of 17.1{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118}.

The total traffic on its network decreased by 21{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} between 2020 and 2019.