Why e-toll shops are closing down

A number of e-toll outlets around Gauteng are shutting down, causing some to wonder whether the system is being quietly phased out.

However, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) told MyBroadband that the closures are part of the planned evolution of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Most of the closures reported involved what Sanral referred to as “temporary kiosks”.

There were 26 of these kiosks when the e-tolling system launched, and they were located in the following locations:

Atterbury Value Mart, Boulders Shopping Centre, Brightwater Commons, Carlton Centre, Caltex N1 North, Caltex N1 South, Centurion Lifestyle Centre, East Rand Mall, Killarney Mall, Lakeside Mall, Mahube Maxcity, Mall @ Reds, Meadowdale Mall, Moreleta Shopping Plaza, Morning Glen Mall, Northpark Mall, Northmead Mall, Quagga Centre, Rosettenville Junxion, Southgate Mall, Sunward Park Shopping Centre, Sunninghill Village Mall, Sunnypark Centre, The Grove Shopping Centre, Vaal Mall, Village Mall, Wonderpark Shopping Centre.

There were also 16 permanent outlets in malls at launch:

Alberton City, Benmore Shopping Centre, Bonaero Centre, Centurion Mall, Cedar Square, Cresta Mall, Eersterus Plaza Shopping Centre, Irene Village Mall, Jakaranda Shopping Centre, Kolonnade, Maponya Mall, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, San Ridge Square, The Glen, Trade Route Mall, Westgate Shopping Centre.

And another 4 service centres are along the Gauteng e-road itself:

  • Rigel Avenue (Exit 136)
  • Rivonia Road (Exit 100)
  • Modderfontein (Exit 119B)
  • Grey Avenue (Exit 101).

Of these initial 46 outlets, 35 remain open, Sanral said.

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