City of CT hopes Sanral will cooperate after toll project ruling

Sanral has lost an appeal over the right to toll parts of the N2 and N1 in the Western Cape.

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CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town officials say they hope a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling will deter South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from pursuing the roll out of a tolling system in the Cape Winelands district.

The court today ruled against Sanral's bid to toll certain sections of the N1 and N2 highways.

City of Cape Town officials say its legal costs to fight the rollout of urban tolling in the Western Cape already exceeds R20 million.

They add Sanral and Transport Minister Dipuo Peters did not follow due process.

Mayco member for transport Brett Herron says the poor would have been negatively affected by the roll out.

"The minister of transport and Sanral both failed to consider relevant information, such as the impacts of tolling, the affordability of proposed toll fees for low income earners, traffic diversion rates and the impact on the surrounding road networks."

Mayor Patricia de Lille says she has asked Sanral to cooperate.

She says R750 million has already been allocated to upgrade roads in the Cape Metropole.