Taxi-holding facility officially opens

2016-11-30 06:00
PHOTO: nicole john Msunduzi Municipal mayor, Themba Njilo (left) and Umgungundlovu Regional Taxi Association chairperson Bheki Sokhela at the official opening of the taxi-holding facility in Berg Street.

PHOTO: nicole john Msunduzi Municipal mayor, Themba Njilo (left) and Umgungundlovu Regional Taxi Association chairperson Bheki Sokhela at the official opening of the taxi-holding facility in Berg Street.

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CITY taxis have been given a new space in the city to assist with decreasing traffic congestion downtown as part of the municipality’s strategic plans to manage traffic to ensure it flows smoothly.

The new Brookside taxi-holding facility at the end of Berg Street was officially opened last Tuesday by Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo.

The area will accommodate taxis from East Street, Imbali and Market Square ranks. Costing an estimated R6.8 million, Njilo said that the project was initiated in 2009, however, plans were on hold awaiting approval from the Department of Public Works.

“The construction officially started in 2014 and has now been completed. This is a way the municipality is providing a blueprint for better managing the future of congestion in the city,” he said.

Bheki Sokhela, Umgungundlovu Regional Taxi Association chairperson, said that the facility was long overdue for taxi owners and was a “dream come true”.
He said the new facility will prevent taxis from parking on the side of the road blocking traffic.

“After looking at aspects of congestion in the city we put forward a proposal to the municipality to build this facility. Taxi ranks around the city are not big enough to accommodate all our vehicles. This causes blockage, especially in the vicinity of the ranks in East and Pietermaritz streets and is a nightmare for taxi drivers travelling to that part of the city,” said Sokhela.

The facility offers taxis sufficient parking space, changing-rooms for drivers to freshen up, and office space.

Sokhela said there will be a taxi marshal there.

The holding facility can be seen from the flyover going onto the N3 towards Liberty Midlands Mall.

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