Residents petition city street shortcut

2008-05-02 00:00

RESIDENTS of Leighton Street in the CBD have drawn up a petition to request that council make the street a one-way, going up.

The narrow street is currently a one-way down, and the residents say it is being used by taxis and parents taking their children to school as a shortcut to avoid having to cross the intersection of Jabu Ndlovu and West streets.

As a result, the street has become unsafe due to heavy traffic and reckless driving.

The use of the street as a shortcut has also been used by the municipal refuse removal vehicle, which reverses up Leighton Street to collect refuse before driving down again.

Residents have campaigned about this issue for the past five years, with no success. “We have 103 signatures from the neighbours living on Leighton and Burger streets petitioning.

As both the local communities and local government share the responsibility of safer roads for all, we as a neighbourhood have faith that the authorities will support us in this concern,” said a resident who refused to be named for fear of intimidation.

The Msunduzi Municipality’s traffic department is in the process of investigating the matter as a survey needs to be conducted with the affected parties.

“The time frame for implementation of the proposed changes will depend on the outcome of these investigations, if the survey of affected people and the overall traffic flow in the area is not affected the changes can be made within a month after the investigation has been completed around July this year,” said Msunduzi’s Ntobeko Ngcobo.

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