TRANSFORMING townships into suburbs was the vision of Executive Mayor Athol Trollip as he officially opened Fountain Road in Walmer Township on September 7. Trollip said the main objective was to increase the access point “gateway” to the area, making it more commuter friendly. Fountain Road serves as a main access road to Walmer Township and is used mainly by public transport. The scope for this project was to resurface, realign and upgrade traffic signals, improve the conditions and structure of the road, and improve non-motorised transport facilities. The majority of the labour was done by the community itself, through utilising the Extended Public Works Programme. Ten emerging contractors benefited from the R9 million project.Trollip emphasised the importance of private contractors providing quality service and completing their projects on time. He also added that every cent spent by the NMBM should reflect in the value and services provided. “This road will serve as an important link between Walmer Township and Walmer suburbs and eradicate traffic congestion, thus creating an easy flow of traffic,” added ward councillor Ayanda Tyokwana.“Step by step this municipality continues to hold on to its promise of providing quality services to the people of this metro and reaffirms its commitment to turn townships into suburbs,” Trollip concluded.