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N2 highway in great shape for festive season traffic assures SANRAL

Nov 19, 2018
N2 highway in great shape for festive season traffic assures SANRAL

Peak traffic on the country’s national roads might occur somewhat earlier than normal because of the days on which December and January public holidays fall. In addition, all public schools close on December 12, a Wednesday, and open on a Tuesday, a week after January 1.

Traffic will begin to pick up in the week of school closures and traffic volumes will become really heavy from that Friday, 14 December – the beginning of a long weekend as Monday is a public holiday (because December 16 falls on a Sunday) and when the building industry closes down.

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’ Day is on a Tuesday and so is the day public schools re-open January 8. This may mean peak traffic on the Mondays before.

The N2, which connects Cape Town with the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast along the eastern seaboard, is in great shape to handle higher traffic volumes during the coming festive season.

Vusi Mona, SANRAL communications manager, says road users will be able to travel the entire distance without encountering road works or having to wait for construction activities.

“As a result, our engineers have rated the condition of the stretch between Cape Town and Durban as fair to good barring any unforeseen major traffic incidents or weather conditions,” says Mona.

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, especially when travelling over long distances – road users should #KnowYourWhoa #TakeABreakStayAwake,” says Mona.

“Road user behaviour contributes a lot to road crashes and we appeal to motorists to respect the rules of the road and to also ensure their vehicles are roadworthy,” he says.

Motorists can visit the SANRAL website, www.nra.co.za for help in planning their journeys. SANRAL has 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,” explains Mona.

Incidents should be reported to either the South African Police Services (10111) or the National Traffic Call Centre (NTCC) on 012 665 6075. 

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