History of Cintra

Ferrovial entered this business when it landed the Bilbao-Behovia toll road concession in 1968. In the two decades that followed, it was awarded the toll road concessions for Burgos-Armiñón (1974) and Sant Cugat-Terrassa-Manresa (1986).

Thirty years later, Cintra was incorporated with a view to focusing on private sector toll road development. Among its first projects were the adjudication of two sections of the Panamerican Highway in Chile and the 407 ETR in Canada. The latter was a milestone in the industry, becoming the first automated electronic toll road, using a revolutionary free flow tolling system.

Since then, the company has expanded internationally, successfully entering the US with major concessions such as the LBJ Express, the SH 130 and the North Tarrant Express (Texas), the Indiana Toll Road (Indiana) and the Chicago Skyway (Illinois).

More About the History of Cintra

The early years

Bilbao Behovia Ferrovial

1968
First Asset:
Bilbao-Behovia

1974
Burgos-Armiñán
Highway award


1996
First American Project: Talca-Chillán highway in Chile award Autopista del Sol in Malaga award

Establishment of Cintra

407ETR Ferrovial

1998
Founding of Cintra

1999
Adjudication of the 407 ETR in Canada

2003
Adjudication of the Eurolink M4-M6 in Irleland

2004
First project in USA: Chicago Skyway

2005
Strategic Partner of TxDOT

2006
Indiana Toll Road, Segments 5 & 6, SH 130 and Central Greece awards

Eurolink M3 in Ireland award

2008
SerranoPark Parking award

Fussion with Ferrovial and international expansion

2009
Cintra merges with Ferrovial

North Tarrant Express, LBJ Express in the US

2010
“Deal of the Year” Award for the North Tarrant Express and the LBJ Express

2011
Autopista Euroscut Azores Opening

2012
407 EDG highway award

2013
Foundation stone ceremony in Benavente-Zamora highway

2014
Financial & commercial close in the first Cintra project in the UK (Scotland)