Cape Town approaches court over toll road

2011-10-10 12:46

The City of Cape Town has applied to the Cape High Court to declare whether there is a dispute with Sanral over the introduction of a toll road.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) intends starting construction of proposed toll roads on the N1 and N2 in February.

The city was concerned about the socioeconomic impact the tolling will have on Cape Town.

“The city issued papers on Friday applying for an interdict preventing Sanral from taking further steps,” councillor Brett Herron said.

The city has declared a dispute with the department of transport, but Sanral denies that a dispute exists.

Herron, who is responsible for transport, roads and stormwater, said the city would ask the court to clarify whether a dispute exists.

If there was not a dispute then it would take the decision of the ministers of environmental affairs and transport on the toll roads on review, he said.

The city said disadvantaged communities would be particularly affected by the tolls. It also believed the impact had not been adequately assessed.

Sanral has proceeded with the selection of its preferred bidder for the project and announced construction dates.

The matter will be heard in the Cape High Court on December 6.

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