Accident waiting to happen

2016-10-26 06:00
The unsafe ‘safety’ barrier in Durban Street, which has been in this state for quite a few years.

The unsafe ‘safety’ barrier in Durban Street, which has been in this state for quite a few years.

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MANY months ago a driver, coming around the corner into Durban Street, hit and destroyed the road safety barrier - this is a notorious corner where, over the years, a number of vehicles have left the road and crashed into the barrier and fence.

Part two of the story - the second photograph is of the pavement running along the broken barrier. As a result of crashes over the years, there has been an overspills of water from the water plant, storm damage (in the good old days) and general wear and tear as hundreds of pedestrians make their way cautiously along this so-called pavement.

It is obviously totally unsafe to walk on the road - the history of accidents there bears this out, but it is also not that much safer to have to walk on the crumbling surface of what is supposed to be the pavement.

Over the years complaints have been lodged with the municipality and the province, but as can be seen here no action has been taken.

Hopefully this major safety risk will be sorted out before this appalling situation leads to a serious accident.

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