TRANSPORT: All Clear for Holiday Traffic on the N1 South
Recent Gauteng Business News
No road works are scheduled for the coming holiday period on the N1 between Gauteng and Cape Town and road users will not experience major delays.
Extreme high volumes of traffic are however expected in parts of the Karoo and at the Huguenot Tunnel on certain days prior to public holidays.
The automated payment system introduced last year by SANRAL at toll plazas in southern Gauteng – Grasmere, Verkeerdevlei and Vaal – brings major benefits for road users with electronic tags who no longer have to stop at the booms. The system recognises the tag on the vehicle and the boom is lifted enabling the vehicle to drive through without coming to a complete stop.
“This is one of the new technologies introduced by SANRAL to make long-distance journeys safer and more comfortable,” says Vusi Mona, spokesperson for the roads agency. “It cuts down on waiting time at toll booths, reduces driver fatigue and frustration and contributes to a much more pleasant journey, especially during the busy holiday periods.
SANRAL expects free-flowing traffic throughout December and January on the entire N1 route. However high traffic volumes will be experienced on the weekend and on the days prior to the Day of Reconciliation, Christmas and New Year.
Very high traffic volumes are expected on either side of the Huguenot Tunnel in the Western Cape and in the vicinity of Colesberg in the Karoo on certain critical days. Road users in the Johannesburg area should also be aware of the urban road works undertaken by the City and to be very cautions of detours, especially at night.
Travellers are encouraged to take a break during long distance journeys to prevent fatigue and lack of concentration. Most crashes on the N1 can be attributed to speeding, driver fatigue, reckless overtaking or vehicles travelling in the emergency lane.
Mona says motorists should be very cautious when driving in areas where housing settlements are located close to the road, especially in the Southern Free State and the Karoo. There are often high pedestrian activities or the possibility of domestic animals wandering onto the road in such areas.
· Okavango/Cape Gate Interchange
· Joostenberg Vlakte/N1 Winelands One Stop
· De Doorns
· Touws River
· Beaufort West
Motorists are also urged not to stop and buy fruit and vegetables along the highway.
Incidents should be reported to either the South African Police Services (10111) or the National Traffic Call Centre (NTCC) on 012 665 6075. Traffic disruptions or crashes on the N1 in Gauteng should be reported to 0800 487 233.
The expected peak travel times over the December 2016 to January 2017 period based on historical data and traffic modelling for the N1 Bloemfontein to Cape Town:
· The N1 to Bloemfontein at the Huguenot tunnel is likely to experience high traffic volumes on 1, 8, 14, 15 and 22 December, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
· There will be extremely high traffic volumes expected on 10 and 17 December and 1 January on the N1 to Cape Town at the Huguenot tunnel; traffic is expected to reduce into January and become slightly busy on 7 January.
· There will be free-flowing traffic throughout December on the N1 to Bloemfontein from Colesberg North with extremely high traffic volumes on 1 January. Traffic volumes decrease on 2 January to 4 January and are expected to decrease further from 5 January.
· The N1 at Colesberg South will likely be free-flowing with periods of increased travel volumes, but no extreme volumes are expected on the N1 to Bloemfontein and the N1 to Cape Town.
· There will be free-flowing traffic in the beginning of December with extremely high volumes on 15 December on the N1 to Colesberg at Colesberg North; traffic volumes decrease and are free-flowing from 15 December through to January.
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