The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has no plans at present to toll the R72 coastal road between Port Elizabeth and East London, National Transport Minister Ben Martins has told the National Assembly. Replying to a written question, Martins said the R72 between the Nanaga Interchange and the East London airport had been declared a national road in April this year, and gazetted as such, following a request by Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet that responsibility for this road and a number of other provincial roads should be taken over by SANRAL.
Martins said that before this, the road had been the responsibility of the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works which, in 2007, had conducted a feasibility study into the possibility of tolling the R72, in collaboration with SANRAL. The Minister said that the outcome of the feasibility study conducted by the province was that “the project was not feasible as a self-financing toll road.” Martins added that while tolling the R72 coastal road was not being be viewed as an option at this stage “given the financial constraints, the project may in the future be considered for implementation as a toll project based on a hybrid funding model”.
Source: Metro Minutes