The concession of the Madrid-Toledo (AP-41) toll motorway was subjected to a bidding process by the Ministry of Development in August 2003. Included in the 2000-2007 Plan for Infrastructure, it opened for bidding at the same time as four other toll motorway roads.
The plan includes the construction of a motorway from Madrid to Toledo and a second-phase extension to the vicinity of Cordoba (2009), passing through Ciudad Real. Its objective is to offer an alternative solution to the winding route of the current A-4 (Andalusia Motorway) as it goes through the Despeñaperros mountain pass. This new route will mean a reduction of approximately 75 Km from the current trip and, therefore, considerable time saved in travelling from Madrid to Cordoba.
The Toledo - Cuidad Real - Cordoba section of the motorway is included in the current Strategic Plan for Infrastructure and Transportation and construction is expected to begin shortly.