Krasnodar, 24 May – Yug Times. The Yug Times has calculated the economic way to travel from A to B along the M-4 Don highway, and reckoned for whom it would not be a good idea to use the toll sectors.
The first toll road in Krasnodar province was opened on April 29. It begins near the town of Pavlovskaya, 80 km from the border with Rostov province (1195 km of M-4 highway) and ends 20 km from Krasnodar (1319 km). The possible free detour is 70 km, or 1.5 to 2 hours longer.
So, presently the highway from Rostov-on-Don to Krasnodar includes two toll sectors. The first one is in Rostov province (1091 - 1119 km; the price for passenger cars is 60 roubles in daytime and 30 roubles at night. The second sector is located in Krasnodar province; it costs 200 roubles in daytime and 120 roubles at night. Multiple-passage discount tickets are available.
Our correspondent has calculated that going along the toll road would pay only if there are three or four persons in a car. If a driver is travelling alone, he or she would rather choose a free alternative.
As for a trip from Moscow to Krasnodar, it would also be better for a company to take a turnpike road than to use a plane, train or bus.
Presently, people still tend to travel by car despite gradual introduction of toll sectors along many Russian highways. According to statistics, nearly 14,000 vehicles passed the toll sector of the M-4 highway on the first day of its work. Nearly half of them had a discount ticket (which must be bought beforehand). On the whole, Russian travellers tend to become more and more prepared to use toll roads. Say, in 2018 the number of passages along the toll sectors of the M-4 highway grew by 19.3% compared to 2017, and more than by 3.5 times compared with 2013.
The ‘diversification’ of the communication means with the seaside resorts proves quite useful. If some travellers would prefer alternative ways of conveyance, the workload on the roadbed would decrease, which would consequently reduce their wear and maintenance costs. Commenting on the issue, the political strategist Grigori Kiselev was quoted as saying that “toll sectors are introduced first of all to reduce the expenses of the federal budget rather than to gain profit.”