IPTS to be operational soon

2016-09-14 06:00
Rano Kayser, mayoral committee member for roads and transport, on Thursday outlined his 100-day plan for transport and the IPTS in the metro. To his right is Councillor Kabelo Mogatosi.                                                  Photo: ROSLYN BAATJIES

Rano Kayser, mayoral committee member for roads and transport, on Thursday outlined his 100-day plan for transport and the IPTS in the metro. To his right is Councillor Kabelo Mogatosi. Photo: ROSLYN BAATJIES

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay Metro’s Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) will be fully operational in the near future, the mayoral committee member for roads and transport, Rano Kayser, said on Thursday.

Kayser made the announcement at the Bay’s oldest and only steel bridge of over 135 years old, in Swartkops as part of the launch of his 100-day plan for the directorate.

“If conditions permit, and statutory obligations are met, I’m committed to roll the IPTS out soon.

“Rest assured that we will take our communities into our confidence, as well, to remind them that this system belongs to them,” said Kayser.

He added that commuter forums will be the real drivers of Libongelethu, the public transport agency.

“IPTS will go back to where it belongs: to the people. We spent more than R2.5 billion in road infrastructure for IPTS. It is important that we as the new government will not make the same mistakes as our predecessors.”

According to him, the municipality will in the Transport Month of October secure the IPTS lanes creating serious traffic hazards, especially in Govan Mbeki Avenue.

“Taxis, motorists and truck drivers currently use the lanes to circumvent the traffic. This leads to unnecessary road rage and accidents. I commit myself to secure the lanes from October 1. It will only be used when the bus service is rolled out,” Kayser added.

Over the next 100 days there will be a hive of activity with the resurfacing and resealing of roads such as William Moffett, Dibanisa, Burman, Old Grahamstown Road, Kabega Road Bridge, Aalwyn Drive, Kruis and R334, Cape, Tyinira, Jongilanga, Woodlands, Burt, Mitchell, Tyityaba, Nkhukhama, Ntshembe, Nikiwe, Sisulu, Lingwa and Brittlewood.

Furthermore, faded road signs, vandalised street names and fences along roads will also receive attention, Kayser said.

In addition, 192 workers of the expanded public works programme will be appointed to help clean stormwater drains and open ditches.

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