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'E-toll interdict halts lighting along N2 highway'

Sanral says an interdict obtained from the City of CT is preventing it from putting up street lights.

Street lights. Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) maintains a court interdict is preventing it from putting up street lights along a dangerous section of the N2 highway.

The interdict was obtained by the City of Cape Town as part of efforts to block the proposed N1 and N2 Winelands Toll Project.

But the roads agency and the city, along with police and provincial and local government, are working together to curb crime on the highway.

Despite ongoing legal battles in the Western Cape, Sanral and the City agree that more lighting is required on the N2.

A priority committee focusing on safety on the N2 has identified a 26km stretch between Jakes Gerwel Drive and the Firgrove offramp as the most dangerous.

Sanral's Randall Cable says nine kilometres are unlit.

"We are not able to make any capital expenditure at this stage because of the interdict but it's not stopping us from working together."

However, the city's Brett Herron says the interdict does not prevent Sanral from installing lighting.