Solutions to subways

2018-03-27 06:00

Stakeholders are to take joint responsibility for the four subways in Rosebank, following the recent reports about the lack of safety at these subways.

Last week, People’s Post reported about incidents happening at the Alma Road, Rosebank Station, Liesbeek Road and Burg Street subways (“Subways too risky”, 20 March).

Local safety officers confirmed the various incidents and called for interventions from the relevant stakeholders.

The local council, Prasa and Metrorail reportedly put their heads together at a meeting held on Monday 19 March at the community hall to find solutions. According to a report from ward councillor Paddy Chapple, they reached an informal agreement that they would together share responsibility for all street-to-street subways. Various departments at the City of Cape Town, Prasa and Metrorail would share the costs of any major repair work necessary to protect the structural integrity of the subways. It has also been agreed that for all closed subways, gates must be installed at both entrances.

Chapple says the issue of taking care of the subways has been ongoing since 2011 because it has always been unclear who should be responsible for a certain areas.

He says it was also informally agreed to split some other responsibilities between the two authorities, with the City being responsible for the maintenance of all pedestrian approaches and infrastructures such as footway pavements, handrails, steps and staircases and the interior.

The City will also be responsible for street lighting, the maintenance of water and sanitation, cleaning and the management of accessibility.

According to the councillor, the issue of the security system has not yet been resolved­.

On the other hand, Prasa is expected to take full responsibility for subways that provide partial access to platforms within a station precinct. The company is expected to maintain and manage all safety and security measures.

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