Mall group must solve car crunch to expand

2008-04-14 00:00

The Liberty Property Development group is reassuring Pietermaritzburg residents that no extensions to the Liberty Midlands Mall will go ahead until traffic congestion in the area is adequately addressed.

The Msunduzi Municipality recently approved the third phase of the mall — including a hotel — to be completed in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Liberty Property Development managing director Caswell Rampheri made the assurance in response to concerns raised by The Witness regarding traffic congestion on the Greytown off-ramp from the N3.

In 2005, the municipality in conjunction with mall management devised ways of easing congestion when the mall’s phase two was constructed, by moving the boom gates away from the traffic circles so entering cars would not block those going out.

"The development adjacent to the Liberty Midlands Mall will have ample parking and a joint solution between council and ourselves to resolve the traffic congestion will be agreed upon … this is key to ensuring the success of the development and we will not proceed until it is adequately addressed."

Rampheri added that it is too early to give exact details as they would have to meet with council.

Describing the Midlands Mall as a great success story, Rampheri said the Liberty Property group decided to extend the mall after extensive research and engagement with the municipality.

The extension is planned to commence later this year and will cost about R600 million.

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