Plans to ease traffic presented

2017-05-23 06:00

A new road and a major upgrade to Ou ­Kaapse Weg have been suggested as solutions to the traffic congestion in the Far South.

This is according to a transport study of the area which is being completed and was presented to the Far South Peninsula Community Forum recently.

The traffic study forms part of the preparation for a Far South local area transport plan, which will guide future land use planning and related transport plans (“Study looks at bigger picture”, People’s Post, 21 March).

There are only three main access roads into the area and these all face expansion constraints, representatives of the forum have previously stated. These roads are also impacted by roughly 1m tourists in Cape Point and the south peninsula per year, which are highest over the festive season.

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase, who attended the presentation, confirmed modelling of the current land use and expected developments in the Far South was used in the study.

The study suggested a multipronged approach to tackle congestion, including improving existing infrastructure, improving public transport and building new infrastructure.

The presentation proposed two alternatives to increase access to the area and reduse congestion: The extension of Ou ­Kaapse Weg and the creation of a Fish Hoek northern bypass to link up to Boyes Drive, Purchase explains. Both projects would take several years – and would have significant environmental impact – with the Ou Kaapse Weg extension estimated to cost R580m and the northern bypass estimated at over R1bn.

Modelling has been carried out with the proposals and will be built into a traffic plan. This plan will be used for short, medium and long-term transport interventions related to development, she explains.

The study includes Simon’s Town, Scarborough, Glencairn, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Kommetjie, Ocean View, Sunny Dale, Masiphumelele, Capri, Sun Valley and Noordhoek. Purchase says the traffic plan will help officials understand the impact of recent developments on traffic, better alleviate congestion and inform planning decisions in the future.

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