It would appear to be official that tolls will be scrapped on AP7 and 2 other toll roads by the end of next year.
Both El Pais and Levante have confirmed today:-
“We have decided to abolish the tolls,” the head of this ministry, José Luis Ábalos, said in an interview in the newspaper El País. This decision directly affects three highways (AP-1 between Burgos and Armiñón, AP-7 between Alicante and Tarragona and AP-4 between Seville and Cádiz) whose concessions expire in 2018 and 2019 and have 468 kilometers in total.
Full story in Levante here
In case you missed the news last month, the regional government of Valencia voted to support the removal of the tolls on the AP-7 motorway.
This was the first stage of implementation, but once the current concession to run the service finishes in December 2018, the AP7 will then transfer to public ownership.
The announcement was greeted most favourably and drivers can hopefully look forward to 2020 when they will be ably to use the motorway for free, thus keeping away from the busy coastal roads that are often congested especially during peak seasons.