Sanral to study WC toll ruling

The city’s Brett Herron said Tuesday’s Western Cape High Court ruling was good news.

The N1 highway between Cape Town and Beaufort West. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) will evaluate the implications of a Western Cape High Court judgment granting the City of Cape Town an interdict against the implementation of the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project.

The council went to court to halt the planned toll project, arguing that it is unnecessary and will place an undue burden on the economy and residents.

It also raised concerns about how Sanral came to the decision to start the project in the first place.

According to the city, when officials requested access to relevant documents, Sanral refused.

The court made the ruling earlier on Tuesday.

It also ordered the agency to hand over all relevant documents.

Mayoral Committee Member for Transport Brett Herron said the ruling was very good news.

"We're very pleased with the outcome of the decision and we will now proceed with the review application without Sanral having started construction."

Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said the agency plans to study the judgment.

"Sanral has noted the findings of the Western Cape High Court. We respect the court's decision and we'll evaluate the implications before deciding on a way forward on this vital issue of maintaining the N1/N2 national roads."