‘Home isn’t a shortcut’

2015-06-09 06:00
Residents in Tecoma Road are calling on the City of Cape Town to implement traffic calming measures. They claim that not only trucks are using the road as a shortcut, but taxis too. This photo is an illustration. 

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Residents in Tecoma Road are calling on the City of Cape Town to implement traffic calming measures. They claim that not only trucks are using the road as a shortcut, but taxis too. This photo is an illustration. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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Residents living along Tecoma Road in Retreat are calling on their local ward councillor to implement traffic-calming measures to curb speeding in the area.

Resident Paul Wilson, speaking on behalf of other concerned neighbours, says they have not received any feedback about their concerns for road safety in Tecoma Road.

“I have now included a number of parties the traffic situation affects. I was advised that I must allow due process to takes its course. Well, this has been going on now since 2014 and the situation is getting way out of control,” he says.

Wilson says the road is used as a shortcut during peak hours and, besides that, cars speed on the road.

“I have invited the council to view for themselves the daily issues we as residents have on this road, which is not just limited to Tecoma Road, but this has not been taken up or they do not see this as serious,” he says. Wilson says that the residents are also concerned about truck drivers using the road.

“We have issues with truck drivers using Tecoma Road as a shortcut. Even after putting up ‘No trucks’ signs, we still have the odd truck coming down the road. While this is going to be a challenge to manage, the bigger concern is the speed of these trucks down this road,” he says.

Wilson says that on Wednesday 27 May, at 17:00 and at 17:55, two trucks drove at “ridi­culous” speed.

“This is unacceptable behaviour by drivers,” he says. Wilson adds that even on days there is no refuse collection in Southfield the trucks still use the road as a shortcut.

“It is a regular occurrence and the speed the truck is doing by the time it gets past our place is ridiculous,” he says.

“I have advised that there have been a number of close calls, road rage by drivers hooting at residents reversing out of their driveways, and an unnecessary volume of traffic that is not made by residents,” he says. He further says that residents also complained last year about taxis using the road and that “nothing has been done” to curb them.

Wilson says De Waal Road is also a serious problem for traffic flow during peak times and that something needs to be done about this. “If it means closing the road off at the intersection of Kingfisher and De Waal that would likely solve a big aspect, but I know this is not possible. We need multiple speed humps. Are we waiting for an accident to happen first?” he asks.

In response, ward councillor Kevin Southgate, says he did receive an email in which the residents highlighted their concerns and reasons for calling on the City to implement traffic-calming measures.

“We have had engagements with the concerned residents and we have looked at the situation and it was determined that the road does not warrant speed humps,” he says.

Southgate says that the complaints has been forwarded to the relevant departments to be investigated. “The departments are dealing with them and have forwarded a proposal for consideration,” he says


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