Sanral: Huguenot Tunnel in desperate need of upgrades

Construction of the Huguenot Tunnel started in 1982 and it opened in 1988.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says the Huguenot Tunnel is in desperate need of upgrades which will be funded by tolling revenue. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN- The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says the Huguenot Tunnel is in desperate need of upgrades, which will be funded by tolling revenue.

The roads agency conducted a media tour of the tunnel earlier today.

Sanral's Tiago Massingue says the upgrades are necessary to improve the road surface, ventilation and fire safety features.

Construction of the Huguenot Tunnel started in 1982 and it opened in 1988.

Now it's in need of upgrades, which Sanral says road users are funding.

Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

The road agency's Kobus van der Walt says the necessary upgrades were estimated to cost R1,5 billion in 2010.

"The whole idea of this is that it must come from the toll income; the toll revenue that's collected."

Van der Walt says the upgrades are being held up because of a court order, interdicting a new Sanral tolling project on the N1 and N2.