Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, operator of the N1N4 freeway, is pleased to announce the completion of the upgrade at the Zambesi Toll Plaza off- and on-ramps. The final completed works involved the opening of two additional lanes on the off-ramp at the toll plaza, following last month’s opening of the two additional lanes at the on-ramp,
The Zambesi plaza revamp was the first stage of a planned R160-million upgrade of the Zambesi, Pumulani, Stormvoël, Doornpoort, Brits and Marikana plazas along the N1N4 route, scheduled to run until December 2017. On completion, the upgrade will reduce transit times by more than 20 minutes at certain plazas.
“The upgrade was necessitated by increased traffic volumes along the corridor, necessitating an expansion in capacity of our toll plazas. This capacity increase has been estimated at about 20%,” says Liam Clarke, commercial manager of Bakwena.
Along with the increase in the number of e-tag lanes, to speed up throughput through the plaza, Bakwena has been running several e-tag promotions at shopping centres along their route. As an incentive, road users are being offered a free e-tag, pre-loaded with R50 credit and a R50 shopping centre gift voucher, on registration. “The e-tag system benefits motorists by enabling them to use the dedicated electronic toll collection (ETC) lanes to transit easier and quicker than they would through the manual lanes,” concludes Clarke.
The upgrade works has commenced at Pumulani, Stormvoël, & Doornpoort, with Brits and Marikana construction scheduled to commence in February 2017.