While the county has praised the traffic fluidity associated with the GCO, highway opponents have condemned the misleading communications. Eurometropolis vice president Alain Jund shows that the number of cars on the M35 has fallen by only 2% since the opening of the bypass.
The county announced Tuesday, August 30, that since its opening in December 2021, the Grand Bypass West (GCO) motorway has streamlined traffic in Strasbourg, attracting some heavy goods vehicles (PL, over 3.5 tons). Did. Comparing the period from January to June 2019, before GCO operation, to January to June 2022, after opening, the state found that users cut travel time during peak hours by 15 to 20 minutes. I’m assuming it did. Bruno Dalpra, a member of the GCO Non merci collective, disputes this version of the facts.
“It is impossible to attribute this excellent liquidity to the GCO. From January to March 2022, there were specific instructions to maximize telework. A35 saturation could become more frequent if telework declines, above all due to air pollution in Strasbourg, which has been one of the main arguments for motorway proponents. It has no beneficial effect.On the contrary, GCO causes very significant noise pollution to local residents and possibly air pollution around the route.»