According to the South African Roads Agency (Sanral), toll fees at the Huguenot Tunnel are likely to increase if upgrades are implemented.
The tunnel extends the N1 national road through the Du Toitskloof Mountains that separate Paarl from Worcester in the Western Cape.
It’s been in operation for 27 years and funnels 12 000 vehicles per annum including heavy goods trucks and tankers.
Sanral says it requires R1.5 billion to address safety concerns at Huguenot Tunnel.
CapeTalk’s John Maytham asked Kobus van der Walt, Regional Manager for Sanral why they haven’t used money collected from tunnel tariffs to maintain the tunnel.
Although we have earned a lot of revenue from the tunnel, we have done about 20 maintenance projects.— Kobus van der Walt, Regional Manager for Sanral
Van der Walt says that maintenance costs more than the initial expenses of providing the infrastructure. He further said that Sanral is still paying for a loan for R500 million it took 27 years ago to build the tunnel.
Listen to the full conversation on the John Maytham Show: