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2016-10-25 06:00

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Additional measures to relieve congestion at the intersection of Regent and Kei Apple roads are coming.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport, says the ward councillor and traffic officials have raised concerns over “ongoing disregard for the general traffic laws by taxi drivers who constantly block the intersection while waiting on passengers to board their taxis”, as well as blockages in the intersection caused by pedestrians crossing the road.

“The normal practice at signalised intersections, where pedestrian movement is experienced, is to include pedestrian crossings in the form of parallel tramlines.

“When the intersection of Kei Apple and Regent roads was converted from a priority (stop) controlled intersection into a signalised intersection, it was decided to paint all of the pedestrian crossings within the intersections with zebra lines due to the high pedestrian volumes experienced there,” Herron explains.

This was done so that motorists would be aware of the high number of pedestrians and to improve the visibility of the pedestrian crossing, he adds.

“This measure has, however, unfortunately been misunderstood by many city-bound motorists, especially those turning right from Kei Apple Road into Regent Road. These motorists typically stop when not required to, in response to signal heads intended for city-bound through traffic on Regent Road, thereby blocking the intersection for other vehicles.”

Some minor changes have already been made to the intersection, Herron says, including the reorientation of the two signal heads facing city-bound traffic on the Green Point side of the intersection. These are now only visible to the through traffic along Regent Road.

In addition, a yellow “keep clear” box has been painted in the intersection.

However, there are further plans to tackle the congested intersection, Herron says.

The thickness of the red no-stopping line within the intersection will be increased by half along Regent Road. The existing block zebra pedestrian crossing will be removed and replaced with a standard parallel tram-line pedestrian crossing on the Green Point side.

It is anticipated this will be completed within the next few months, Herron says.

“[The changes are] anticipated to lead to a reduction in the number of minibus taxis blocking the intersection. However, the success of this measure would be dependent on regular law enforcement.

“It will also address the confusion experienced by some motorists with regard to the pedestrian crossing and the signal heads displayed.”

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