Residents to grow by third

2017-07-04 06:00

The south peninsula’s residential population is expected to grow by over 30% in the next 15 years, according to modelling used in the far south transport plan.

A transport study for the plan is currently being completed and was presented at a recent subcouncil 19 meeting.

The traffic study forms part of the preparation for a local area transport plan which will guide future land use planning and related transport plans.

The modelling found that residential land use would increase by 32% by 2032. However, employment opportunities would increase by slightly less, with an estimated 29% growth.

Creating employment opportunities in the area is one of the suggestions being put forward in the transport study as a way to reduce congestion, as it would mean fewer trips taken to the southern suburbs.

The modelling has also suggested two new roads as possible solutions to traffic congestion (“Plans to ease traffic presented”, People’s Post, 23 May).

The study suggested a multi-pronged approach to tackle congestion, including improving existing infrastructure, improving public transport and building new infrastructure.

The presentation proposed two alternatives to increase access to the area: The extension of Ou Kaapse Weg and the creation of a Fish Hoek northern bypass to link up to Boyes Drive, subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase explains.

Both projects would take several years and would have a significant environmental impact, with the Ou Kaapse Weg extension estimated to cost R580m and the northern bypass estimated at over R1bn.

The Ou Kaapse Weg expansion showed the most improvement for traffic congestion in the modelling.

There are only three main access roads to the area and these all face expansion constraints, it has previously been stated. These roads are also impacted by roughly 1m tourists visiting Cape Point and the south peninsula, which increases over the festive season (“Study looks at bigger picture”, People’s Post, 21 March).

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