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Aragón security department agrees longer opening hours for Pyrénéen French border tunnel
27 November 2015 @ 12:16

CLOSING times for the border tunnel between the province of Huesca, in Aragón and the southern French department of Hautes Pyrénées will be reduced thanks to an agreement between the secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez and the regional government on the Spanish side.

The Bielsa tunnel through the mountains, which is just over three kilometres, or not quite two miles long was restricted following the Friday 13th massacres in Paris in a bid to control border-crossers into and out of France.

Tailbacks have ensued at the frontier every since.

At present, the underpass is shut from 20.00hrs to 08.00hrs, but the Guardia Civil will now patrol it for four hours a day and the Gendarmerie on the French side will keep watch over it for the rest of the time.

This means the tunnel will only need to be shut from 22.00hrs until 06.00hrs.


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