Historic mile updated

2015-11-10 06:00
 The parking area opposite False Bay College has been resurfaced as part of a larger Muizenberg revamp. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

The parking area opposite False Bay College has been resurfaced as part of a larger Muizenberg revamp. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

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Over the past few months, the City of Cape Town has spent about R40m on revamping the historic mile area in Muizenberg.

Apart from rehabilitating Main Road, the City has refurbished walkways, parking areas and access routes to one of False Bay’s most popular beach havens.

This stretch of the Main Road project in Muizenberg has been completed in time for the summer holidays, says Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport.

The sidewalks along this stretch of Main Road, also called the “historical mile”, have been paved in red brick where they meander under the colonnades of historic buildings dating from the late 1890s when mine magnates travelled by train from Johannesburg to the Muizenberg station for the summer holidays.

A new public parking area in grass blocks with an additional 30 bays has been added near the police station along School Road.

Opposite Muizenberg station an additional seven parking bays were created thanks to the new layout of the Bay Road steps, also built from sandstone to fit in with the character of the area.

“The parking area opposite False Bay College was resurfaced and we have added two parking bays for road users who use wheelchairs.

“We have replaced the streetlights with new pedestrian-friendly streetlights that are lower than normal to add additional light at night, improving the general safety in the parking area after sunset.

“New benches created from sandstone have been placed in the communal area along the railway line where residents from across the city, students and visitors can sit while enjoying the view over False Bay,” Herron says.

The sidewalks along York Road have been widened and paved in brick to protect the columns of the historic buildings along the one-way street.

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