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2015-05-05 07:18


Muizenberg residents are calling on the City of Cape Town to prohibit heavy trucks from using Albertyn Road. 


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Muizenberg residents are calling on the City of Cape Town to prohibit heavy trucks from using Albertyn Road. PHOTO: monique duval

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He says the speed limit in Albertyn Road was reduced to 40km/h as a precautionary measure.

Herron further explains that with the stop controls in place and the length of the road, motorists would only be able to reach unacceptable speeds if they ignored all the stops.

Speaking during the meeting resident Janine Versfeld asked what could be done to ensure motorists stick to the speed limits and obey the law.

In response, ward councillor Dave D’Alton explained more enforcement was needed. However, he said, there was no manpower.

Questions were also raised about the operations of the new traffic centre for the far south located along Main Road, Muizenberg.

One resident said she almost never saw traffic officers in Muizenberg but has been pulled over by a traffic officer near this new centre.

“The whole thing was quite absurd. The officer pulled a car in front of mine off the road quite abruptly and then I was pulled over for not following at a safe distance. I explained to the officer what had just happened and they let me go. Better enforcement is needed in the village,” she said.

The resident also said she met with a traffic engineer who made a list of recommendations. She was later told these would not be implemented.

D’Alton requested a copy of this correspondence and said he would take the matter up.

According to Richard Bosman, City executive director for safety and security, the estimated completion date for the new centre is at the end of June.

Asked about the delay, Bosman says: “The subcouncil allocated funds for the project. However, the funding did not cover the entire project and currently Cape Town traffic services is funding the remainder of the project in order for the facility to be fully functional.”

He further says traffic services conducts enforcement in Muizenberg daily.

According to Herron some improvements were implemented in Beach Road in front of the pavilion last year.

“We have discussed options to improve traffic management at the Vlei, Beach and Royal roads intersection, which will be longer term. We will be investigating the implementation of pedestrian safety measures along Uxbridge Road, including improvements to the management of the Axminster, Yarmouth and Clifton roads intersection. This, however, is likely to take place in the new financial year only,” he concludes.

Residents will now submit their proposals to Herron for consideration.

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