03 Apr Increased traffic volumes recorded on the N4 Toll Route over Easter
TRAC is disappointed to report an increase in accidents and fatalities on the N4 Toll Route this Easter, compared to the same period last year.
Seventy-three accidents were recorded on the N4, from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April 2018, 40 of which occurred in South Africa and 33 in Mozambique. The number of fatalities also increased, with three fatalities recorded in the Lowveld in South Africa and one in Mozambique.
Two people died on Thursday morning, when their bakkie overturned on the Ring Road, near Mbombela, and a pedestrian was killed near Sterkspruit later that day. In Mozambique, on Friday, a pedestrian died in a hit and run near the Ressano Garcia Border Post. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wish all those injured in accidents along our route a speedy recovery.
As expected, a major increase in traffic was recorded over the Easter weekend, with hourly counts at TRAC’s biggest and busiest South African toll plaza, Middelburg, reaching over 2 250 cars on Monday 2 April. The Ressano Garcia and Lebombo border posts also reported extremely busy conditions on Thursday, Friday and Monday, although no heavy delays were experienced.
TRAC played a significant role by supporting traffic management measures en-route to the border post, by distributing traffic control flyers in South Africa and Mozambique, providing signage and lighting and distributing water sachets to waiting road users.
Our efforts would not be possible without the assistance of other stakeholders and TRAC expresses its gratitude and appreciation to law enforcement agencies, emergency services and contractors that assisted us en-route to the borders and along the route. These stakeholders, TRACAssist and TRAC’s 24-hour Helpdesk worked around the clock to keep the route and road users safe and to manage traffic. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.
Solange Soares Nicholson
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