MyCiti plans welcomed

2015-08-11 06:00
A part of Imam Harron Road where the MyCiti bus service is planned to be introduced.

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A part of Imam Harron Road where the MyCiti bus service is planned to be introduced. PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

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Claremont residents have embraced the idea that the MyCiti bus will also be coming to their area through the next big roll-out of the service.

Planned for Imam Harron Road, the expansion of the next phase, better known as the Lansdowne/Wetton Corridor, will provide residents from Khayelitsha to Philippi, Nyanga to Gugulethu, Mitchell’s Plain to Hanover Park, Wynberg and Claremont with a direct, scheduled public transport service. Since it’s a big project with many complexities and huge infrastructure requirements, which require time to implement, the bus service is only expected to start in 2020 or 2021.

This next phase seeks to link the metro-south-eastern suburbs with significant stops in the southern suburbs, one of them being Claremont. Imam Harron Road is the most direct route to the Claremont public transport interchange and train station.Kick-starter

The City of Cape Town is drawing towards the end of a public participation process about the trunk routes for the planned phase. One of these trunk routes is proposed to be Imam Haron Road between Chichester in the east up to Stanhope in the west.

The bus service will include dedicated bus lanes and bus stops and protected right-turns for general traffic as well as non-motorised transport.

Residents say Imam Harron Road is not well-developed yet, but it possess a lot of potential, so this initiative will help kick-start development as well as solve congestion problems on that road.

Jacques van Wyk, a resident who uses Imam Harron Road to get to the station, says this is a good opportunity for the area but also an opportunity to have much more reliable transport.V

“We really can’t wait; this is a good thing that will bring a better image of that road in particular and Claremont as a whole. The area has a lot of potential and this will benefit a lot more people. So far it sounds promising and we are hoping that everything will go according to plan. We have to try and minimise private car use as this will help decrease congestion,” he says.

Alan Jackson, chairperson of the Greater Lynfrae Civic Association, says the roll-out is a good idea.

“This will mean there will be fewer access roads and fewer access roads mean fewer vehicles that move up and down the road. It will also bring much more reliable transport. I think it’s a great thing and we are beginning to solve public transport problems,” says Jackson.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member of transport, says the roll out in that area will also improve safety.
“By reducing reliance on minibus taxis this will improve safety, as well as provide residents with an affordable and efficient means of accessing local businesses. It is also hoped that in the long run this service will reduce general congestion,” says Herron.

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