GFIP – The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project
The GFIP stands for progress and possibility.
Our objective, over three phases, is to develop a financially sustainable phased upgrade and expansion programme for the main Gauteng freeway network. This objective remains a top priority, as we believe that progress naturally inspires possibility. GFIP is part of the overall Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for Gauteng, which includes the future rollout of various projects in phases.
Inspired by clear evidence that traffic congestion and traffic-related issues were reaching critical levels, resulting in negative effects on the quality of life for all Gauteng residents, the GFIP took action. In the past 5 years there have been over 500 000 vehicles added on Gauteng’s roads. The proposed plan for approximately 150kms of new freeway is vital, as are the upgrades to more than 400kms of existing roads and the creation of 200kms of new lanes to save millions of travel-hours for residents (Live Vehicle Population as at 31 January 2019 ).
An improved and upgraded road network equals endless benefits:, from less stress to and from work, providing us with more time with our families, to moving around our city with ease. New roads will inspire commercial and industrial development, enabling new employment opportunities closer to home with lower transport costs, resulting in the economic upliftment of all of our country’s people.
The GFIP plans include upgrades to over 400kms of road, 201kms of new lanes and 158kms of new roads for our Gauteng freeways.
Between 2008-2012 Phase 1 was completed, comprising the upgrade of 201kms of existing freeway. There is little awareness of the fact that, without these improvements made under the GFIP, traffic in Gauteng today would have literally come to a standstill, severely retarding development opportunities.
All further implementation for developing the planned 150kms of new freeway has stopped due to the shift in focus in our news away from the true benefits of the GFIP, resulting in the avoidance of payment by many road users.
The project may have been forced to a standstill, but our GFIP vision remains powerful. As ETC, we are committed to ensuring that you have the required information to become a registered user. We need your support to propel Gauteng’s growth as South Africa’s economic powerhouse.
In line with global best practice the proposed user-pays principle was implemented as the funding mechanism to reduce the dependence on tax-based revenue for the GFIP.
Following years of planning and approval processes the following was included:
- 2006: Intergovernmental Committee under the chairmanship of the Department of Transport (DOT) – Report regarding the GFIP and the preferred funding model (tolling) was presented to participating and affected local, metropolitan and provincial authorities
- 2007: Approval of funding model by Cabinet of the GFIP
- 2007: Minister of Transport’s formal public announcement
- 2007-2008: Toll declaration process in terms of legislative requirements
Ongoing: Numerous direct engagements with the press and interested groups and parties.
There is clear evidence of the exploration of e-tolls as early as 1996 in governmental white paper documentation, illustrating the fact that this is not a ‘new’ proposal. It was debated, discussed and interrogated for many years before coming into play.
As a citizen and road user of this beautiful country we are positive that you will agree that an urgent action plan ensuring the registration of all who utilise the freeways is a vital necessity. Simply put, the GFIP provides us with enormous possibilities for positive progress, for all South Africans.