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Highway Service Station And Rest Facility On N2 Gets Green Light

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) has granted environmental authorisation for the construction of a highway fuel service station and rest facility on the N2.

The decision is still subject to appeal to MEC Sakhumzi Somyo.

The facility will be situated immediately south of the N2 approximately 30 kilometres west of Port Elizabeth and about six kilometres east of the Van Stadens-Uitenhage interchange.

Facilities will include a convenience store and restaurant, parking area and play park with touch farm.

The project also involves the construction of a full interchange to provide access to and from the N2 and will consist of on and off ramps and a bridge.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has given “in principle” support for the interchange with approval subject to acceptance of the final design specifications.

Documentation on the project states that the fuel station will have six islands for light vehicles and one for trucks.

A building with a maximum footprint of 4 000 square metres will include a convenience store; restaurant; restrooms ,takeaway shop; information centre and office and storage space.

In addition to that the proposal includes a play park, touch farm and eco-educational facility.

Parking bays will be provided for approximately 170 vehicles and seven caravans as well as three buses.

The total size of the site is 11.53 hectares of which 5.87 hectares will be developed/transformed which includes the storm water detention ponds and sewerage treatment system.

The services required for the project are either on site (water and electricity) or will be supplied by the developer (on-site sewerage treatment facility).

There is very little of the original vegetation on the site.

In addition, the location of the facility met the SANRAL requirements for the spacing of such facilities on national roads.