‘Dangerous’ road gets lines, humps

2015-08-18 06:00
A child runs across Royal Road where residents have called for traffic-calming measures, which will be installed in the next year.

PHOTO: 
tiyese jeranji

A child runs across Royal Road where residents have called for traffic-calming measures, which will be installed in the next year. PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

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Royal Road in Maitland is a cause for concern for residents because of car collisions and pedestrians being run over by speeding cars.

Residents are fearful because they say children are the most vulnerable on this road. They are easily run over by cars. There are accidents because drivers do not follow the road rules and some of them speed as there is nothing in the road that compels them to reduce their speed.

Most residents have to live in fear as motorists seem not to care how they drive on that road. The fact that pedestrians also use the road never seems to strike them as important.

Besides the fear for road accidents the residents also worry because of the damage the vibration of speeding cars cause to their house walls. They are also in constant fear that a car may come to a stop in their living rooms.

One resident, Helen Major, says a lot happens in the road.

“This road gives us sleepless nights and we live in fear. We are mostly worried because of the schoolchildren who use it. We want proper measures to be taken. The motorists speed a lot and they don’t really care about other road users. Crossing that road is extremely frustrating; at times one has to wait for more that 10 minutes.

“Last week there was an accident between a truck and a private car. It was so bad and the road is so busy – something must be done urgently. That was one of the many accidents that always leave us with too much worry,” she says.

The road, which is allegedly being used by motorists as a main thoroughfare, has two primary schools, a high school, a park as well as a sports field which is mostly busy with children.

MeasuresResidents’ calls for something to be done have not fallen on deaf ears. Traffic-calming measure will be put in place during the City of Cape Town’s next financial year. R300 000 will be spent on Royal Road so that motorists will reduce their speeds.

The measures that will be put in place are pedestrian crossing lines across Royal Road at its intersection with Station Road, one raised intersection crossing in front of Maitland High School, four speed humps in the area of the play park, four other speed humps between Campden Street and 2nd Avenue and a pedestrian crossing line at Bodmin Street for the pedestrian bridge.

Ward councillor Lisa Mcbride says all has been prepared, it just needs to be implemented: “We have done the necessary public participation and we just have to meet with the road engineers to put the final things in place. The road is of great concern and it’s my priority because there are a lot of activities that happen there.

“Motorists now treat that road like a main road and that is endangering a lot of lives. Once all is in place I will call another meeting with the residents to update them on the progress and to have some of their questions answered,” she says.

A concern that trucks use the road as well will also be dealt with.

“Besides damaging the road the big trucks pose a great danger to other road uses. We don’t want them to go up to the end of Royal Road but to turn to their depot from Koeberg Road,” Mcbride says

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