Road safety concerns at Edendale Mall

2015-07-09 06:00
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The back pedestrian gate entrance of the Greater Edendale Mall which residents say has become an accident hot spot.

PHOTO:nokulunga ngobese The back pedestrian gate entrance of the Greater Edendale Mall which residents say has become an accident hot spot.

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FEAR grips pedestrians shopping at the Greater Edendale Mall after three accidents took place outside the mall’s back pedestrian entrance in just a week.

Residents who spoke to Echo, but who didn’t want to be identified, said since taxis are not allowed to drop them off in the mall parking area, they have to cross the road to go to the mall’s back entrance.

Their main concern is that people use this entrance every day and there are no speed humps along the Selby Msimang Road until after Edendale Hospital.

One of the vendors outside the mall said the area has become an accident hot spot as two months don’t go by without an accident, saying that something should be done after three accidents happened last week.

“It is surprising that in just one week, there were three accidents at the same spot. Two accidents involved pedestrians who were knocked over while trying to cross and the other involved two vehicles.

“The road is busy as a freeway, even if taxis drop people off, they don’t have time to wait for them to cross as they are always chasing customers.”

Another resident, who also did not want to be identified, said that from the time that plans were made to build a mall, speed humps should have been erected from the start.

“The fence at the back entrance has also been damaged because of these accidents. How many more people must get injured before the municipality intervenes? Vehicles driving up Selby Msimang Road always speed and there are always cattle and pedestrians in the area.

“Last week’s accidents were an eye-opener which indicate­ that the road is not safe and something must be done.”

Ward 22 councillor Pat Jaca said the installation of speed humps is in the process as the matter has been referred to the provincial Department of Transport.

“We acknowledge that something must be done because the road has become an accident hot spot,” he said.

It is surprising that in just one week, there were three accidents at the same spot

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