Study looks at bigger picture

2017-03-21 06:03

Upgrades to Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg will not impact on a transport study of the Far South, which is currently being completed.

This was explained at a subcouncil 19 meeting last week.

The traffic study forms part of the preparation for a Far South local area transport plan, which will guide future land use planning and related transport plans, says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport (“Cars to be counted, People’s Post, 15 December 2015).

This plan will be used for short, medium and long-term transport interventions related to development, he explains. The study will include Simon’s Town, Scarborough, Glencairn, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Kommetjie, Ocean View, Sunny Dale, Masiphumelele, Capri, Sun Valley and Noordhoek. Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says the traffic plan will help officials understand the impact of recent developments on traffic, better alleviate congestion and inform planning decisions.

At the subcouncil meeting, a City of Cape Town official explained that the transport study would take into account these upgrades. However, “it was clear” that the upgrades needed to take place outside of the study and would not have an impact on it, the attendees heard.

According to a report by the Far South Peninsula Community Forum, there are only three main access roads into the area and these all face expansion constraints. Trunk roads are also subject to severe congestion, according to the report. Disaster management is made difficult by this congestion and the limited number of access routes.

Last year, a report on the progress made during the first phase was given to the forum, which was instrumental in motivating for the study (“Study shows road ahead”, People’s Post, 22 November 2016). The traffic study also looked at traffic movement patterns as well as peak-hour congestion and trips.

The report also recognised the impact over the roughly 1m tourists visiting Cape Point and the south peninsula, which increases over the festive season, Purchase says.

The report estimates around 100 000 people live in the Far South, she adds, but only around 16 300 job opportunities are available locally. It also found on average 41 000 cars were on Far South roads daily. This number declined when roadworks began in 2008, but has risen again since their completion. Although trains offered around 5500 seats during peak hours, only 20% of carriages were occupied. The report also found only 23% of all commuters used trains.

The investigation section of the study is now completed, and data will be reviewed and a model created. Once this model has been completed and reviewed, the results of the study will be made ­public.

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