Cape tolling plans shelved - report

2012-03-28 12:01
Cape Town - Plans for tolled highways in the Western Cape have reportedly been shelved by government, following widespread opposition.

According to Business Report on Wednesday, the proposed Winelands Toll Road Project will not go ahead after the national government realised there was a lack of support from all sectors.

"We see no priority in the [tolling of] the R300, N1 and N2 in Cape Town… it can't be a priority," Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin told the newspaper.

The provincial government of the Western Cape and City of Cape Town strongly opposed the planned tolling.

The City took the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and transport department to court in a bid to block the imposition of tolling in the province.

The Western Cape decision comes amid massive public opposition to the implementation of electronic tolls to finance the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. However, Cronin said he believed this has to go ahead as the upgrade cost R20bn and needs to be paid for.

The ANC and Cosatu met this week to discuss their impasse over the Gauteng e-tolling, saying only that the talks were "fruitful".

Read more on:    jeremy cronin  |  cape town  |  tolls  |  transport

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