Study shows road ahead

2016-11-22 06:00

The first phase of a transport study of the Far South has been completed.

A report on the progress made during the first phase was recently given to the Far South Peninsula Community Forum, which was instrumental in motivating for the study.

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, says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport (“Cars to be counted, People’s Post, 15 December 2015).

This plan will be used for short-, medium- and long-term transport interventions related to development, he explains. The study will include Simon’s Town, Scarborough, Glencairn, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Kommetjie, Ocean View, Sunny Dale, Masiphumelele, Capri, Sun Valley and Noordhoek.

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says the traffic plan will help officials understand the impact of recent developments on traffic, as well as to better alleviate congestion and inform planning decisions.

Although the report is not yet available to the public, Purchase explains it recognised the challenges created by the area being cut off by a mountain range.

According to a report issued by the Far South Peninsula Community Forum last year, there are only three main access roads into the area and these all face expansion constraints. Trunk roads are also subject to severe congestion, according to the report. Disaster management is made difficult by this congestion and the limited number of access routes.

The traffic study also looked at traffic movement patterns as well as peak hour congestion and trips.

The report also recognised the impact over the roughly one million tourists visiting Cape Point and the South Peninsula, which increases over the festive season, Purchase says.

The report estimates around 100 000 people live in the Far South, she adds, but only around 16 300 job opportunities were available locally.

It also found on average 41 000 cars were on Far South roads daily. This number declined when road works began in 2008, but has risen again since their completion.

However, although train carriages offered around 5500 seats during peak hours, only 20% of carriages were occupied. The report also found only 23% of all commuters used trains.

“The real emphasis needs to be on improving trains and feeder buses,” says Purchase. “This includes more secure parking areas.”

A further three phases will need to be carried out before the plan is completed, Purchase explains. This includes an analysis of future transport needs, the development of the plan and its approval.

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