DA will take toll fight to W Cape

Sanral wants a section of the Western Cape N1 and N2 highways to be tolled.

Sanral wants a section of the Western Cape N1 and N2 highways to be tolled.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has reiterated it will continue to strongly oppose the implementation of tolls on Western Cape roads.

The proposed route to be tolled runs along sections of the N1 and N2 highways.

The multi-million rand project was, however, put on hold after the Western Cape High Court granted an interim interdict in May last year.

This prevented the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) from implementing or advancing with the toll project, including the conclusion of any contract.

Provincial DA leader Ivan Meyer says tolls will further drive up the cost of living.

"We don't believe it's the right instrument to use in the Western Cape. We have consulted the municipalities along the N1 and the N2. The message they are giving us is they do not want toll gates."

City Councillor Brett Herron says he's relieved the review application of the controversial tolling project will be heard within the next few months.

Herron adds papers are expected to be finalised in May and his aim is to stop the project completely.

"Our review application seeks to set aside all the different decisions taken by Sanral and the various decision makers."

The proposed concession route runs along the N1 highway and extends along the R300 through the Worcester area.

The N2 highway portion also starts from the R300 and extends to Bot River.

Roads agency Sanral has indicated should the project be given the green light, traditional toll plazas will be used as opposed to the gantries such as the ones in Gauteng.

Sanral says it will take its cue from the courts as to whether it will go ahead with plans to toll the N1 and N2 highways in the Western Cape.

The DA took Sanral to court to contest the constitutionality of laws governing the e-toll system in Gauteng.

The DA on Tuesday called on the National Consumer Commission to probe incorrect e-tolling bills.

Meanwhile, Sanral says it's busy with 32 road upgrade and maintenance projects in the Western and Northern Cape valued at R3,2 billion.