Thousands of people from different parts of Spain chose the province of Alicante to spend the last bridge in October, just as thousands of Alicante chose to do it in other demarcations. This is revealed by the study that the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda began to carry out as a result of the coronavirus health crisis, and which monitors the position of mobile phones. The report notes that, between 8 and 13 October last, travel between Alicante and other provinces they got to be eight times more than usual. In addition, the analysis of the origin and destination of the trips makes it possible to know where the visitors came from and where the people from Alicante went on the bridge.
Thus, an arrival flow is clearly seen from much of Castilla-La Mancha. For example, on October 8 and 9 there were practically twice as many trips from Ciudad Real than on a normal day, and three times more on the 9th from Toledo. And this community was, in turn, a destination for many people from Alicante. On the 12th there were 6.57 times more trips from Ciudad Real to Alicante than on a normal Monday, while from Toledo the trips were multiplied by 5.54. Obviously, part of this increase corresponds to the fact that October 12 was a holiday, but it is easy to sense in any case the existence of a large volume of journeys back to Alicante at the end of the bridge.
Something similar is observed in mobility with the Basque Country, particularly with Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa: greater flows than usual, particularly on October 9 and 12 and in both directions, which suggests that many Basques crossed the bridge in the province of Alicante and, in turn, also quite a few people from Alicante they traveled to Euskadi. It is probable, according to the mobility report, that some trips back to Bizkaia were postponed to the 13th, given that the flow of that day from Alicante is 1,217 out of 100, that is, 12 times more than usual.
This index implies the existence of a significant flow of travelers, although it must be taken into account that on any given Tuesday a journey like this is hardly done. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to take this indicator as the most representative of the displacements during the bridge, as with the Teruel-Alicante route, which on the 12th was made 11 times more than usual. A reflection, in any case, that many people from Alicante spent their holidays in the Aragonese province. There were also quadruple trips from Huesca and Lleida towards Alicante on October 12, a probable indication of having passed the bridge in the Pyrenees.
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The Government study highlights that Andalusia was the destination of many Alicante residents on the bridge. Just look at the mobility between Alicante and Jaén in those days: four times more trips than usual towards the olive province on October 8 and 9, and eight more times on the 12th of return. It must be borne in mind that there are many people from Alicante with roots in Jaén, something that could be an incentive for many to choose to go there. This factor could also be valid to a large extent for Granada, from where on the 12th there were six times more trips than usual to Alicante. For its part, from Almería there were four times more trips.
Instead, it is clear that the closure of Madrid capital and several large towns in its metropolitan area had its effect. On October 9, the displacements from there to the province of Alicante had an index of 113, that is, little more than any Friday, and back on the 12th the indicator was 201. Taking into account the movement that usually occurs with Madrid on any bridge, these figures are surprising for being low.
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Last October bridge ended up being the swan song of the call “New normal”, given that the worsening of the situation in subsequent days has led to the perimeter closure of practically all of the autonomous communities. Thus, trips like those that were made on holidays last month are impossible today. But in addition, in recent weeks internal mobility has also decreased, something that will undoubtedly have been influenced by circumstances. The province of Alicante now registers just over 70% of trips than usual.
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