Roll-out one step closer

2019-11-12 06:00
MyCiti bus in Cape Town. (Jenni Evans, News24)

MyCiti bus in Cape Town. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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The wheels are turning, albeit slowly, on the roll-out of the MyCiTi service in Wynberg.

Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase, has confirmed that a series of public meetings will commence in the new year with affected communities about the placement of stations and stops for Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service.

“There will also be meetings with the affected bus and minibus-taxi operators, businesses, residents’ associations and people who live in the area around the routes and whose homes or lives might be affected. A heritage and traffic impact assessment must also still be done,” says Purchase.

Phase 2A will connect commuters from Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha with Claremont and Wynberg and will provide much-needed scheduled public transport for those commuting between Wynberg and the Metro South-east. It is anticipated that the MyCiTi buses will operate in Wynberg by 2027 if all goes as planned, says Purchase.

The City says one of the added benefits of the roll-out of the MyCiTi service is the opportunity to provide missing road links that will relieve traffic congestion.

The portfolio committee for transport’s proposal that the MyCiTi service operates a direct route between the Metro South-east and the Wynberg public transport interchange (PTI) via Wetton Road – but in mixed traffic (the road reserve is too narrow to build additional right-of-way bus lanes) – was approved by the council in March.

At the same meeting, the council also approved the route alignment along Strandfontein Road, Ottery Road, South Road and the Brodie/Main road couplet to the Wynberg PTI.

The couplet refers to a set of parallel one-way streets for Wynberg by using Brodie and Main roads to unclog and revitalise the central business district (CBD). A section of Main Road will be turned into a one-way, with Brodie Road accommodating traffic in the other direction.

“This road scheme was approved by council in 2002. It is now needed for the roll-out of the MyCiTi service in Wynberg. The couplet will assist with traffic flow along Main Road. It will double the traffic capacity through Wynberg which will improve the travelling speed during peak-hour periods,” she explains.

Detailed planning of the couplet has not yet started and tenders for this will go out early in 2020.

Purchase says the City intends to commence with the construction of the couplet as soon as possible, even before the MyCiTi service starts operating.

“We are currently investigating whether this is possible,” she says.

Purchase, however, says more is needed to address traffic congestion in Wynberg. Ideally, residents and commuters need to change their commuter patterns by either travelling together; working from home; or travelling to and from work outside of peak-hours.

“The City has been implementing flexible working hours and remote working arrangements for employees, and we have engaged with the provincial government to do the same. It will help a lot if the private sector can follow suit if they are not doing so already,” she says.

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