Cars to be counted

2015-12-15 06:00

Local roads will be watched closely by car counters in an expected traffic assessment in the South Peninsula next year.

The assessment is being done in preparation for the Far South local area transport plan, which will guide future land use planning and associated transport interventions, says Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport.

This plan will give guidance to short-, medium- and long-term transport interventions associated with development, he explains.

The assessment will include Simon’s Town, Scarborough, Glencairn, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Kommetjie, Ocean View, Sunny Dale, Masiphumelele, Capri, Sun Valley and Noordhoek.

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says there is a need for such a traffic plan to help officials in understanding the impact of recent developments on traffic, as well as to better alleviate congestion and inform planning decisions.

The assessment will be done once the City of Cape Town has appointed a contractor early in the new year, Herron says.

“Existing and new data available to the City will be collected through traffic, pedestrian and non-motorised transport on-site counts,” he says.

Once this data has been collected, the area transport plan will set out an implementation programme and action plan.

According to a report issued by the Far South Peninsula Community Forum, there are only three main access roads into the area and these all face expansion constraints. Trunk roads are also subject to severe congestion.

The report states disaster management is made difficult by this congestion and the limited number of access routes.

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