Cape Town - The City of Cape Town will oppose Sanral's N1-N2
highway toll project in the Cape Town High Court on Tuesday.
The city has applied to the court to declare whether there
is a dispute with SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) over the
introduction of the toll road.
Sanral intended starting construction of proposed toll roads
on the N1 and N2 in February.
In a statement, it said construction of the 175km project
would take about three years.
The project was aimed at increasing road capacity, improving
safety and offering cost savings in terms of lower vehicle running costs and
less time spent on the road, it said.
The city claims it declared a dispute with the department of
transport, but Sanral has denied that a dispute exists.
In October, the city voiced disappointment at Sanral's
refusal to acknowledge that there was a dispute over the proposed tolling of
roads on the N1 and N2.
The city said a decision by Sanral to proceed with a
construction schedule could result in potentially reckless expenditure, with
the process now subject to legal review.
Sanral named Protea Parkways Consortium as its
preferred bidder for the N1-N2 Winelands highway toll project on Tuesday,
despite the legal challenge by the city over the project.
It estimated the project would cost about R10bn.