Queen Victoria Street nightmare

2019-05-21 06:01

Nearly two months since residents and businesses operating on Queen Victoria Street raised their concerns about dangers posed by the road, the City of Cape Town has done nothing to remedy the situation (“Nightmare on Victoria Street” People’s Post, 9 April).

Responding to a list of follow up questions from the People’s Post, Mayco member for transport Felicity Purchase said no decision has been made due to some key survey information that is still pending which will take some time.

“The City would need to conduct a study to determine the viability of a one-way as a notable detour may be required for those not travelling in the same direction,” she said.

Asked whether the City would consider having a designated pedestrian crossing for people using the street, some of whom are learners, Purchase said the survey will determine whether a formalised pedestrian crossing would be warranted based on pedestrian volume demand currently being experienced on the street.

An estimated cost of the decisions that still need to be made will only be known once the survey is complete.

“A public participation process would also need to be conducted, should this be found to be technically feasible,” she said.

In the meantime some people have questioned the City’s willingness to resolve the matter in a timely manner.

Trustees of St. Martini Gardens, Glyn Fogel and Joe Davids, said they are worried about the circumstances that most motorists find themselves in daily.

Davids said some of his visitors dread driving up the road.

He raised some concerns about minibus taxis that use the road, saying often when cars are stuck in traffic, taxi drivers find a way of cutting through the traffic.

“Because of the restricted width of the road, people are very scared to move and they drive very slowly and this opens the sort of activities of taxis cutting in between cars,” he said.

Fogel said taxi drivers tend to drive on the wrong side of the road to get into Adderley Street when traffic lights have changed to red.

“At the Wale Street intersection the taxi drivers know the sequence of the traffic lights and that, when it goes to pedestrian mode, no cars are moving.

“They then move to the wrong side of the road and drive around to the corner towards Adderley Street; pushing the pedestrians out of the way,” he said.

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