PRETORIA TO JOBURG
If you plan to escape the e-toll gantries between Joburg and Pretoria by using a side road, you will not be alone.
The Star travelled from Joburg to Pretoria yesterday on Old Pretoria Road and found these alternative routes congested.
“There is already so much traffic on these roads, I’m not sure they can take much more,” said a Buccleuch resident.
He said the fact that the roads were already extremely busy would hopefully be a deterrent to other motorists planning to use them to avoid the tolls.
It took The Star an hour-and-a-half to get from the Joburg CBD to the Pretoria CBD using Old Pretoria Road.
This road is a single lane for most of the way between the two cities.
In the Buccleuch area, there are a lot of potholes and, nearing Pretoria, the passenger began to feel sick because of bumps in the road.
For businesses, however, an increase in traffic is a welcome prospect.
At the Midrand Fresh Stop and Caltex garage, the manager, Pheladi Mojapelo, said they hoped the e-tolls would mean more business.
“We have considered that we might have more business with more people using the roads,” she said.
At Little Hearts Professional Educare Centre, which is on Old Pretoria Road, a teacher said increased traffic because of tolling was a given, but their key concern was safety.
“The safety of our children is paramount,” said Grade R teacher Rebecca van Aswegen.
from Soweto to Sandton
The gantries mainly affect people who are coming from Protea, Eldorado Park and Lenasia, as they will pass the N12 gantries.
To avoid these, an alternative is to use the Golden Highway off-ramp onto Xavier to get onto Booysens, then pass through Selby and into town. To join the Sandton route, they can rejoin the highway from Empire onto the M1.
l From Pimville and Chiawelo, Chris Hani Road or Kliptown are also alternatives. From there they can join the Golden highway to Rifle range road and onto Xavier to get onto Booysens and into town. They can then link into Braamfontein to get to the M1 and head to Sandton.
Alternatively, they can join the highway back from Booysens or use the off-ramp via Braamfontein/Queen Elizabeth Bridge.
l Dobsonville residents can use Elias Motsoaledi road and join Main Reef road to get into town.
l Orlando and Diepkloof residents can link from the Soweto Highway to Crown Mines through to Fordsburg.
l Dube, Mofolo and Meadowlands residents can take the new N17 route and go over Main Reef to join Langlaagte and head into the CBD.
l Lenasia residents can use the Klipspruit West route via Kliptown and Pimville to join Klipspruit Valley road, which will link them to the N17 on to Main Reef, or alternatively link back onto the M1 and head to Sandton. -The Star