Cape Town, 01 June 2018; The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) advises motorists to expect delays while travelling on the N1 between Paarl and Worcester, due to the temporary closure of the Huguenot Tunnel. The safe operation of the tunnel is dependent on Eskom electricity supply. The electricity is primarily required for the lighting, extraction of exhaust fumes and advanced detection systems. Although the tunnel has emergency backup systems, these cannot be used for prolonged periods of time, and eventually we have no option but to close the tunnel until the Eskom power supply has been restored.
The Eskom power lines have tripped due to the high winds and rain experienced last night. Eskom has assured that they are working on the faults and power will be restored as soon as possible.
During the tunnel closure, motorists are advised to make use alternative routes such as the Du Toits Kloof pass. Motorists are to drive with extreme caution given the weather conditions, and allow extra travelling time to reach their destinations. Motorists can also subscribe to receive regular real-time updates and alerts regarding the Huguenot Tunnel and other major Cape Town freeway via www.i-traffic.co.za.
SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.
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Issued on behalf of SANRAL by Meropa Communications.