A green light MyCiTi

2019-02-19 06:00

The trunk route alignment for the MyCiTi service in the Wynberg area may finally be a reality.

This follows reports that the City of Cape Town’s Portfolio Committee for Transport has unanimously approved the route and is prepared to invest about R800m in new infrastructure.

The success of the project would hopefully alleviate traffic congestion in the area.

It has been in the pipeline for many years now and affects two transport routes that form part of the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service.

It will connect commuters from the Metro South-east with Wynberg and Claremont, providing critical missing road links that would relieve traffic congestion and curb the current “rat-running” through the Wynberg residential areas.

It is also proposed that a direct bus route operates along Wetton Road, and a trunk route with dedicated right-of-way bus lanes along Ottery and South roads.

The MyCiTi service will create a direct route between the Metro South-east and the Wynberg PTI via Wetton Road and create a MyCiTi trunk route along Ottery and South roads which will serve three rail stations – Wittebome, Ottery and Wynberg.

Also, the City is reportedly proposing a set of parallel one-way streets for Wynberg by using Brodie and Main roads to unclog and revitalise the central business district (CBD).

The statement also says the Portfolio Committee for Transport’s recommendation would serve before Council for final approval and, should Council endorse the recommendation, the City’s Transport Directorate would commence with the detailed design of the new transport infrastructure in the greater Wynberg area, the upgrade of existing roads, as well as the detailed design of the MyCiTi trunk route, stations and stops.Making life easier

The City’s Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase, said: “The roll-out of the MyCiTi service will transform Wynberg. Firstly, the service will provide much-needed scheduled public transport for those commuting between Wynberg and the Metro South-east.

The service will integrate with the rail stations in this area so that commuters can easily change from one mode of public transport to another, and it will also improve facilities for pedestrians.

“One of the main reasons for the traffic congestion in the greater Wynberg area is the missing road links that should connect the east and west sides of Wynberg. Commuters have few options to cross the railway line that runs through the heart of Wynberg.

“Should Council give us the go-ahead, we’ll connect Main Road and Ottery Road by building the missing link along South and Waterbury roads. An underpass will give the Wynberg and Plumstead areas an additional crossing of the railway line and this will relieve the traffic pressure on Rockley and Victoria roads,” Purchase added.V Email your thoughts on these proposals to Nomzamo.Yuku@peoplespost.co.za.

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