Speed and a narrow, winding road a recipe for crashes

2011-06-20 00:00

RESIDENTS of Cordwalles Road believe that something needs to be done to make their road safer to drive on. The road is narrow, steep and winding with sharp bends, Despite this, cars are often seen speeding there.

Early yesterday morning, Richard Edwards woke up to a car lying on its roof right outside his gate.

“It seems the car was travelling up Cordwalles road, couldn’t take the corner and hit the barrier and flipped,” said Edwards.

While the car had been abandoned, police found information linking the car to its owner.

“There are quite a lot of accidents on the road,” said Edwards, “and it worries me. In the last accident, a taxi went straight into a man’s bathroom. It’s a dangerous road and something needs to be done.”

Anneline Potgieter has lived on the road for 20 years and, due to the number of accidents that occur on the road, contacted the ward councillor, Dave Ryder, about what she would have to do to make the road one way.

“Because the road is narrow with no shoulder and very sharp bends,” said Potgieter, “I think it would be best to make it a one-way street. It would inconvenience me if it were one way, but I feel that this would be the most effective way of dealing with the problem. Speed bumps might also help.”

“I met Dave Ryder on Friday and I am currently planning to get out a circular to find out what other residents think should be done. There are two schools on the road which means that the road is used quite often, therefore something really needs to be done to make it less dangerous.”

Eleanor Pienaar, also a resident on Cordswalles Road, agreed that the road is dangerous.

“I hear a lot of tyres screeching at 2 am. I think that speed bumps would definitely help curb the problem. Making the road one way could be difficult as it is a long road.”

Municipal spokesperson, Brian Zuma, was unavailable to comment yesterday.

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