N7 in good shape for festive traffic

Cape Town – The extensive upgrades of the N7 between Cape Town and the Namibian border mean that travellers can expect a pleasant journey during the festive season.

There will be no stop/go sections and even at Malmesbury where one carriageway only will be in use, no delays are expected. The highway will be open right from 8 December to 10 January next year.

Kobus van der Walt, regional manager for SANRAL’s Western Region (Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces) says that “our engineers have rated the route’s expected condition as fair to good, barring any unforeseen major traffic incidents or weather conditions”.

The N7 is a dual carriageway between Cape Town and Philadelphia and a single carriageway through the remainder of the province and the Northern Cape.

Motorists are asked to drive cautiously especially where there are housing settlements next to the road, such as DuNoon, Malmesbury, Philadelphia and Piketberg.

SANRAL also calls on road users to follow important safety tips when they take to the country’s roads during the festive season. “The main message is to remember that a road is a shared space and that you should be respectful towards your fellow road users,” says Van der Walt.

Speed limits are clearly indicated on the 21 946km of roads managed by SANRAL in all nine provinces. These are maximum limits and drivers should adjust their speed according to conditions such as rain or visibility. Road users are encouraged to take a break during long distance journeys to prevent fatigue and lack of concentration.

Incidents should be reported to either the South African Police Services (10111) or the National Traffic Call Centre (NTCC) on 012 665 6075.