Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Pty) Ltd (Bakwena) encourages road users to plan their journeys in advance this Easter period as it expects thousands more vehicles along the route, particularly the N1 north to Polokwane for the annual Zion Christian Church Easter Festival.
Bakwena spokesperson, Charmaine van Wyk, says Bakwena has implemented various measures to ensure the safety of motorists such as collaborating again with Motus Corporation and Hyundai South Africa for six patrol vehicles, handed over on Wednesday 20 March 2019. This initiative is in its eighth year and has successfully contributed towards the reduction of fatal crashes along the N1N4 route. These vehicles assist with visible policing, crash assistance as well as assisting road users who find themselves in difficulties along the route.
Busy conditions are expected over the Easter weekend, between 2400 and 2800 vehicles per hour are expected to pass through Pumulani and Carousel toll plazas during peak periods, says van Wyk.
For those traveling with e-tags, ensure your tag is topped up before your journey to minimize delays using the dedicated e-tag lanes. Registered e-tag users can pay their accounts via Sanral Customer Service Centre, EFT, Sanral Call Centre, at selected Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay and Shoprite stores or via the Sanral app. For road users wanting to get an e-tag, there will be an e-toll vehicle stationed on the N1 north at Panorama Petroport over the Easter period.
Road users are encouraged to plan their journeys to avoid travelling in the peak periods. Peak periods are expected as follows:-
N1 Northbound and N4 Westbound
Thursday 18th April between 12:00 and 21:00 CAT
Friday 19th April between 06:00 and 12:00 CAT
N1 Southbound and N4 Eastbound
Monday 22nd April between 12:00 and 21:00 CAT
Bakwena reminds road users to stop and take regular breaks during their journey.