Second phase of tolls ‘to go ahead’

Gauteng motorists may face more tolls as the second phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Plan (GFIP) appears to have been given the nod, the Democratic Alliance said.

DA Gauteng spokesman Jack Bloom said Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane had revealed this in reply to a question in the legislature.

“It’s a reversal of the announcement by former Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele in November 2011 that phase two would be halted until all consultative processes were exhausted,” Bloom said.

“It now appears that the decision has already been made, and will follow the planned introduction of e-tolls on phase one of the GFIP.”

Mokonyane’s spokesman Thebe Mohatle referred enquires to the provincial transport department.

Department spokeswoman Octavia Mamabolo denied there were any immediate plans to begin implementation.

“The second phase of the GFIP is not on the departmental plans for 2013/2014,” she said.

According to the Automobile Association, phase two of the GFIP could result in the funding, through tolls, of the N14 Krugersdorp Highway, a section of the M1 (Woodmead to Sandton), the N14 Ben Schoeman Highway into Pretoria, the N3 to Heidelberg, the R59 and N12 (Nancefield to Potchefstroom) and the remaining untolled section of the N4 Pretoria towards Diamond Hill.

Bloom said the estimated cost of the second phase was R24 billion.

“It is highly likely that it will cost vastly more than this,” he said.

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