No funds for traffic lights

2016-09-13 06:00
Residents say they want traffic calming measures on Victoria Road because of speeding motorists. The City of Cape Town says the road doesn't allow for that, but there are plans to install traffic lights, should funding become available. PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

Residents say they want traffic calming measures on Victoria Road because of speeding motorists. The City of Cape Town says the road doesn't allow for that, but there are plans to install traffic lights, should funding become available. PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

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Victoria Road in Plumstead has been a cause of concern for many motorists.

The intersection of that road and Dick Burton Road has had many worried over the possibility of accidents.

Peter Paranzee from Southfield says accidents happen frequently.

“I have been living in this area for more than 20 years. Accidents happen almost every week. People have lost their lives here. We have approached the City of Cape Town to install traffic calming measures or robots, but it seems our requests are falling on deaf ears. At some point we were told robots are too expensive. What can be more expensive that a human life? Something has to be done,” he says.

Another resident, Ursula Davidson from Plumstead, says at times the chaos is just too much.

“On weekends – especially when there is a funeral – it’s very bad. It’s a mess. Everyone wants to go first. When the road is open, motorists speed, making it difficult and terrifying to cross the road. We have asked for robots at least, but years later we are still waiting. We are given a lot of reasons why we can’t have them. Let’s hope this time they will hear our plea. We have lost so many lives on this road already. It is way too much,” she says.

Carol Bew, the ward councillor for the area, says there won’t be traffic calming measures installed on that road. However, there is an approved plan for traffic signals at the intersection of Victoria and Dick Burton roads. “Unfortunately, we do not have the budget to implement the signals and implementation will only take place relative to budget availability and prioritised against other deserving needs,” she says.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport, says council has not received any recent complaints about speeding along Victoria Road. “The City’s revised Traffic Calming Policy aims to protect the most vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, where they occur in the largest numbers on Class 4 collector street or Class 5 local street in a residential area in the vicinity of public facilities, with roads adjacent to and leading to schools being the primary focus of attention,” he says.

Herron went on to say Victoria Road is a Class 3 public transport route, meaning mobility needs to be maintained as a significant number of public transport vehicles use this road.

“In terms of the City’s traffic calming policy, physical traffic calming measures such as speed humps are not deemed appropriate on roads of this nature. The appropriate means of regulating drivers’ speed along arterials such as Victoria Road is by effective law enforcement and a change in driver behaviour. The new policy prioritises traffic calming measures near schools. Subcouncils may use ward allocations to fund calming measures at public facilities and along residential roads with a proven accident history, or a recent and very serious incident that demands immediate intervention.

“The revised policy, however, has made a key shift in focus to implement traffic calming measures at schools and other public facilities where a high concentration of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, children and the elderly are typically encountered. There is an approved plan for traffic signals at the intersection of Victoria and Dick Burton roads, but at the moment there is no budget to implement the signals,” he concludes.

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