Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project reduces traffic congestion
THE OVERALL average travel time on the N1 North road section from Buccleuch to Old Johannesburg Road off ramp has been reduced by 50%; this has been confirmed by the study done by Tom Tom. Tom Tom supplies vehicles with global positioning system (GPS’s) and services focused on providing all drivers with the world’s best navigation experience. This information is the result of the improvements on this road section done by the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). According to the study, the travel time has been cut down to 13 minutes.
According to South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL) the most remarkable finding of the study is the improvement in the average speed through the Allandale Interchange which has risen to 70km/h. It has proven that Allandale is one of the busiest interchanges in Gauteng with over 200 000 trips taking place daily on this section of the N1. The new Allandale Interchange was opened to the public in June 2011 and features an innovative free flow design without any traffic lights, requiring no stopping through the interchange.
SANRAL says this study is proof that it has delivered what it set out to achieve with the implementation of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, which was aimed at helping to reduce congestion and improve the driving experience on Gauteng’s busiest roads. In 2011 IBM’s Global Commuter Pain Survey also revealed that Johannesburg was one of 14 cities that were surveyed that experienced improvements in traffic flow between 2010 and 2011.