Plea to be included in plan

2017-12-12 06:00

Traffic “issues” in Simon’s Town have prompted local councillors to call for the inclusion of the area in a Far South transport plan currently being developed.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, confirms the draft transport plan is not yet finalised.

“Officials of the City of Cape Town’s transport and urban development authority are in the process of making final changes and ­additions.

“The draft plan will be made public only once the document has been concluded and approved by management.

“ Importantly, this is not a traffic plan, but a long-term transport plan which considers all forms of transport and land uses in the Far South with the aim of improving access within and to and from the area,” he says.

At a recent subcouncil 19 meeting, a motion was submitted by ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock calling for the inclusion of Simon’s Town in the transport plan.

‘Variety of traffic problems’The motion states: “The traffic issues in Simon’s Town are myriad and include expansion of the SA Navy, outsourcing the dockyard, an increase in tourism, access to False Bay fishing, an increase in residential development and decay of the passenger railway line.”

The study area includes all areas south of the Muizenberg, Silvermine and Chapman’s Peak mountain range, Herron says.

“Simon’s Town is included in the study. The volumes of traffic generated in the area are lower than in other parts of the study area. Thus, the proposals are not focused on Simon’s Town per se, but do provide information on and propose some recommendations for Simon’s Town,” he says.

“A transport plan for the Far South was identified as a priority in 2015/16, because of congestion in the area as a result of being segregated from the rest of the city by the Muizenberg, Silvermine and Chapman’s Peak mountain range, stretching south to Cape Point.”

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