SANRAL has assured road users that the N2, which connects Cape Town with the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, is in great shape to handle higher traffic volumes during the coming festive season and that they will be able to travel the entire distance of their journey without encountering road works.
According to a statement issued by SANRAL communications manager, Vusi Mona, traffic will begin to pick up in the week of school closures and traffic volumes will become really heavy from that Friday, December 14 – the beginning of a long weekend as Monday is a public holiday and when the building industry closes down.
“Road users are encouraged to take a break during long distance journeys to prevent fatigue and lack of concentration. Fatigue is one of the major causes of road crashes,” said Mona.
As Christmas falls on a Tuesday, it can be expected that traffic will start peaking on the previous Friday, December 21. The end of the holiday period is also somewhat different. New Year’s Day is on a Tuesday and so is the day public schools reopen on Tuesday, January 8. This may mean peak traffic on the Mondays before.
Mona said SANRAL had made available a series of videos to help motorists plan on their journeys – what route to use, what to expect on the road, the estimated expenditure for tolls and rest spots on the route.
“Motorists can also download the SANRAL app for convenience of topping up their e-tag accounts from the comfort of their cars. The app can be downloaded for free on all Android and iOS devices and also offers users information about road conditions, traffic congestion and incidents on the road enabling motorists to plan their journeys in advance,” he explained.
Incidents should be reported to the SAPS on 10111 or the National Traffic Call Centre on 012 665 6075.