Survey on the roads in Drouais: motorists are not ready to pay

Many motorists and truck drivers who drive on the roads of Drouais are invited to respond to a traffic survey (the roundabout of Maison-Blanche in Vernouillet, at the roundabout Campanille in Dreux and at the crossroads of the English in Nonancourt, the roundabout -point Léo in Vernouillet ).

People, employed by the company Alyce, dressed in red vests, encourage road users. These investigators explain that they work for Dirno (Interdepartmental North-West Roads Directorate), but also for motorway concessions such as Eiffage or Ulys.

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How much would you be willing to pay for this trip?

Three questionnaires were available.

  • one for thermal cars,
  • one for electric cars,
  • one for the heavyweights. “For example, we ask truck drivers where they come from, where they have loaded their goods, where they have to unload them, what types of goods they are transporting, what weight, are the goods on pallets. We always end by asking them if they have an electronic payment tag. »

The questions to drivers of thermal and electric vehicles are also quite specific: where do you come from, where are you going and why, how often do you take this trip. The survey ends with this question: how much would the driver be willing to pay to make this trip.

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zero euros

“Most truck drivers have an electronic toll tag,” the investigators note. “And the overwhelming majority of motorists shout that they do not want to pay anything. Their answer is zero euros”.

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This zero euro makes François Bordes de la Feel (Eure-et-Loir Environment Federation), who is fighting the motorway project, smile. “Nobody wants to pay to drive”.

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It is not surprising that the candidate concessionaires for the management of the future highway are making a study. “I myself met about ten days ago near Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre employees of the Alis company, which is responsible for the concession of the A28 Rouen-Alençon highway”.

Update the numbers

He continues: “Motorway concessionaires interested in managing the A154 will want to know whether it would be profitable for them to operate it. Vehicle counts for this project were carried out in 2005. Since then, traffic has evolved. Figures need to be updated. “

These first studies and the declaration of the Prefect of Eure-et-Loir, who declared that the name of the future A154’s concessionaire will be revealed during the summer of 2023, do not deter François Bordes and his friends from Feel, who continue to fight against this project “which goes against all commitments to decarbonisation and the protection of agricultural land and biodiversity”.

Dirno (Interdepartmental Directorate of North-West Roads) confirms that counting operations are taking place on the network it operates. the concession of the motorway link A154-A120 These operations are usual, they allow the candidates to optimize their offer by having a better knowledge of road traffic and they are carried out with all the guarantees of safety and minimizing inconvenience to users”

Pascale Rouchaud

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