Another Toll Hike – Massive Rate Increase Planned For North-South Link

News post August 14, 2015

Published:Friday | August 14, 2015 Daraine Luton

Motorists traverse the Linstead-Moneague link of the North-South Highway.

The Government has revealed an intention to increase toll rates on the North-South Highway, at the Mount Rosser toll plaza, by as much as 80 per cent.

The massive hike comes just over a month after increases to the toll rates for Highway 2000.

If the planned toll increase is upheld after submissions from the public, it will cost almost twice as much for drivers of motor cars to use each kilometre of the one-year-old Linstead to Moneague leg of the North-South Highway when compared to the East West Highway which stretches from the Mandela Highway in St Catherine to May Pen, Clarendon.

Operators of class-one vehicles, such as cars, will be required to pay $18.94 per kilometre. This is far more than the per-kilometre cost to use the East-West Highway which stretches from Mandela to May Pen, which stands at $10.22.

Transport, Works and Housing Minister Dr Omar Davies on Tuesday approved an increase in the toll rates for the Linstead to Moneague leg of the highway. The new toll structure would see all users of the road paying the maximum fee chargeable.

Class-one vehicles, which attracted a toll of $200 when the road was opened last year, will be required to pay 80 per cent more to use the road. The new toll is $360.

The toll for class-two vehicles moves from $420 to $715, a 70 per cent increase; and class-three rates move up by $75 to $1,075.

It will cost $180 for motor bikes to use the highway, a $10 increase.

Metry Seaga, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, said yesterday that the toll roads are critical to the business of many of his members.

“Whatever is the justification for the increase, it should be shared with the public. I would ask for the rationale and then assess the impact that it is going to have on our members and then we would have dialogue with the Government,” Seaga said.

Toll rates for the North-South Highway were last set in September 2014.

While China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has 50 years to recoup its investment on the North-South Highway, the operators of Trans Jamaica Highway Ltd have a 35-year concession on the East West toll road.

Stephen Shaw, director of technical services at the National Road Operating & Constructing Company (NROCC), told The Gleaner last year that the cost for the usage of the highway represents negotiated positions between the state and the developers. He noted that the developers, based on the concession agreements, have the right to set their price at a level where they can recoup their investments.

CHEC is to spend some US$610 million developing the North-South Highway, which will stretch from Caymanas in St Catherine to Mammee Bay in St Ann.

The Government has already spent US$120 million constructing a significant portion of the Mount Rosser bypass. The Chinese had budgeted US$75 million for the completion of the works, which were stalled by geotechnical problems.

The package from Government includes a gift of 1,200 acres of land to the Chinese which Davies said they will develop in order to secure a return on their investments.

The cost associated with the construction of the East-West Highway from Mandela Highway to May Pen is US$225 million. Another US$100 million was used to construct the 6.5-kilometre Portmore leg.

The 19-kilometre Mount Rosser bypass enables commuters to complete a journey in 15 minutes as opposed to the uncertainty of travelling Mount Rosser, which sometimes could take hours.

The North-South Link, when completed next year, will be 67.2 kilometres long, stretching from Caymanas, St Catherine, to Mammee Bay, St Ann, crossing the Rio Cobre and bypassing Mount Rosser and Flat Bridge.

Meanwhile, the Portmore, St Catherine-leg of Highway 2000 has the most expensive per-kilometre costs. The seven-kilometre roadway has a cost of $25.7 per kilometre for class-one vehicles; $41.42 per kilometre for class-two vehicles and $78.57 per kilometre for class-three vehicles.

Class three vehicles – which are those more than 1.7 metres high and more than 5.5 metres long – on the 11-kilometre stretch from Sandy Bay to May Pen also face a high per-kilometre cost of $25.45.

published by The Gleaner.

No Tags

170 total views, 1 today

  

Leave a Reply

  • Penalise politicians who provide service on a partisan basis ­ — Meadows

    by on January 26, 2016 - 0 Comments

    JLP caretaker calls for action as Trelawny residents take to the street Placard-bearing residents gather at a section of the Salt Marsh to Goodwill main road yesterday to protest against the poor road conditions in the area.  SALT MARSH, Trelawny — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Trelawny Northern Dennis Meadows yesterday called for laws […]

  • Will Cameron Speak On Reparation?

    by on September 29, 2015 - 0 Comments

    In pic: Prime Minister David Cameron. Olivia Grange said she believes Cameron would consider it unusual to be visiting Jamaica at this time in history and have extensive discussions with top government officials and not have the subject of reparation raised at some point. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is questioning whether the Government will […]

  • Constable Crystal Thomas

    by on July 16, 2015 - 0 Comments

    She fought to the end | Lead Stories | Jamaica Gleaner Woman Constable Crystal Thomas Norman Grindley Senior Superintendent of Police Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford (right) escorts National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who visited the Denham Town Police Station in west Kingston, to get an update after the murder of woman Constable Crystal Thomas, who was […]

  • http://www.insightjamaica.com/

    by on July 4, 2015 - 0 Comments

    You can post your add here for free.

  • Singjay J Capri dies

    by on December 4, 2015 - 1 Comments

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sources have confirmed that singjay J Capri, who was hospitalised for more than a week following a motor vehicle crash, has died. The entertainer reportedly succumbed to her injuries this morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. Read: J Capri hospitalised after car crash Social media users on […]

Follow Us on Facebook