Average Daily Traffic (TMD) on Via do Infante increased, albeit only 0,04 percentage points, in the 3rd quarter of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, something that had not happened for 11 consecutive quarters, in which the variation year-on-year number of A22 users had been declining.
Some public transport systems and the Algarve's motorways registered increases during the 2013 tourist peak, compared to the same period in 2012, breaking, in some cases, negative cycles that had lasted for a long time, according to the Coordination and Development Commission Regional do Algarve (CCDRA), in its quarterly bulletin on Mobility and Transport.
Indicators that «point to signs of slowing down in the decreases in some of the movements and flows of transport in the Algarve Region, and also to the recovery in modes of transport that, for a long time, presented consecutively negative quarterly quarterly variations», considered that entity.
The case of the A22, which despite maintaining «a value practically identical to that of the previous quarter», saw TMD increase and, mainly, that of the section of the A2 Almodôvar / SB Messines, where traffic had a positive year-on-year variation of 3 per cent, are examples.
But, says the CCDRA "we will have to wait for the figures for the 4th quarter to determine whether the reversal of the decline in traffic (almost 3 years old) is consolidated, or whether the 3rd quarter of 2013 will have been an exception" .
Interregional and international routes also performed positively, compared to the summer of 2012, with the former increasing 3,2 percentage points and routes between Lagos and Seville carrying 2,4% more passengers in the 3rd quarter. 2013 than they had done in the same period of the previous year.
In the first case, the indicator that, due to the number of passengers transported is more expressive, a trend that had been repeated for five quarters was broken, which, together with «the increase in the long railway distance, demonstrates that the option for public transport access to the region during the summer of 2013 played an important role”.
The CCDRA refers to the indicator of long-distance trains to and from the Algarve (Alfa and Intercidades), whose use increased by 2,6 percent compared to the summer of 2012. Also the number of passengers on the Algarve Line trains increased, in this case 6,9 percentage points, an even more relevant value if one takes into account that this indicator had been falling for almost 3 years.
In the opposite direction, the river routes of the Ria Formosa transported 4,7 fewer passengers than in the previous summer, after the «two positive year-on-year variations occurred in the two previous quarters». In the Fluvial route of crossing the Guadiana, the year-on-year variation was negative again (4%), which confirms a trend that has continued since 2007, only interrupted on one occasion, the 1st quarter of 2012.
Still with regard to public land transport, there was a strong fall in the level of users of regional urban connections (down 22,6%), with inter-urban routes following the negative trend, albeit at much lower values (less 1,6 .7%). In the first case, it is the XNUMXth consecutive negative homologous variation, while in the inter-regional careers, there is again a decrease, after the increase registered in the last quarter.
In the CCDRA bulletin, the movements of the Airport of Faro «given the decision of ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, to suspend the authorization for the provision of information on the indicators “number of flights”, “passengers transported” and “passengers transported to/from national airports”».