Plan to address traffic, public transport

2019-02-26 06:01

Residents of the Far South are encouraged to comment on the City’s Far South Transport Plan. The plan proposes short- to long-term interventions to alleviate traffic congestion in the Far South, and to meet the current and future demand for public transport in the area.

The plan includes a wide range of interventions for the areas south of the Table Mountain range, including Fish Hoek, Clovelly, Sun Valley, Sunnydale, Masiphumelele, Ocean View, Kommetjie, Scarborough, Simon’s Town, Dido Valley and Glencairn.

The proposal, if adopted, will be implemented in the short to long term, and the plan itself will be reviewed every five years.

It recommends, among others, scheduled bus services between popular destinations; the improvement of the southern rail line to attract passengers; the implementation of a travel demand strategy with flexible working hours for City officials and to encourage residents to form lift clubs; the provision of local missing road links; the upgrade of park-and-ride facilities and public transport interchanges in Ocean View and Fish Hoek; the implementation of transit-oriented development with the right development at the right location; and the densification and diversification of land uses in the area.

Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase, said the plan will be available on the City’s website, as well at the local subcouncil, from Friday 1 March. “We’ll host two open days where the plan can be viewed, and officials will be present to answer questions. We want residents from the Far South in particular to read the plan, to comment and make proposals. Ultimately, this plan has been developed to address some of the biggest challenges this area faces, namely congestion and inadequate public transport,” said Purchase.

Residents can submit comments from Friday 1 March to Monday 1 April.

The open days will be hosted as follows:

.On Thursday 7 March from 16:00 to 19:00 at King of Kings Baptist Church on the corner of Ou Kaapse Weg and Buller Louw Boulevard in Sun Valley

.On Friday 8 March from 16:00 to 19:00 at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre in Fish Hoek

An analysis of commuter trips in the Far South confirmed that an estimated 63% of commuters from this area travel to other suburbs for work – mainly to the Cape Town central business district (CBD) and southern suburbs, while only 37% are employed locally.

“Some residents travel far to get to work, but given the unique location of the Far South – being surrounded by the ocean and Table Mountain National Park – there are only a few routes commuters can choose from. A minor incident on Ou Kaapse Weg can cause delays for hours; the road network within the area itself is inadequate to meet the current demand, and scheduled public transport is basically non-existent in the Far South. The Golden Arrow Bus Service provides a very limited scheduled bus service, and the southern rail line has, over the past four years, deteriorated to such a level that only 18% of commuters from the Far South use the train service. The impact of these inefficiencies is at its worst in summer because this is a prime tourist destination with visitors flocking to the area from January to the end of April,” said Purchase.

Purchase said: “This plan makes a number of practical recommendations that could be investigated and implemented in the short term, while we’re busy building new roads and fixing the southern line. I invite residents to attend the open days so that they can see what’s on the table and to also give their input.”

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